Rail freight operator to run services to new London goods hub
The developer of what is planned to be the UK's biggest rail freight terminal has signed a deal with freight train operator DB Schenker Rail to run at least four services into and out of the new facility, when it opens late next year.
The new London Gateway site, which is being developed by Gulf-based Dubai Ports World, will initially, therefore, see services daily services to many other parts of the UK.
Direct trains carrying containers to the continent via the Channel Tunnel are also likely to be announced in the run-up to the official opening of the terminal, on the north bank of the River Thames at Stanford-le-Hope, 25 miles from central London.
Carsten Hinne, Managing Director Logistics for DB Schenker Rail UK, said: "London Gateway is the most significant logistics project in the intermodal sector.
"The services which we will launch at London Gateway will be the first of many freight trains that we will operate from the port, forming a strong rail freight network across the UK and mainland Europe for customers."
Simon Moore, Chief Executive Officer for DP World London Gateway, said: "Rail freight services to and from London Gateway will provide reliable, easy and efficient movement of goods between the port and the major population centres in the UK, while reducing the carbon footprint for cargo owners."
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