Wednesday, July 22, 2020

New Daily Intermodal Service Boosts Traffic from Port of Southampton

Rail Freight Group Continues to Expand Portfolio
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UK – The influence of GB Railfreight (GBRf) on the intermodal sector continues to grow with the announcement that Britain's third largest rail cargo company has commenced its fourth daily service from the rail terminal operated by Solent Stevedores at the Port of Southampton, to East Midlands Gateway, Derby.

This will be GBRf’s 20th intermodal service to date with the Southampton to East Midlands service running 5 days a week and likely to be taken advantage of by such as DP World as the rail group expands operations to the SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway (SLPEMG), a 700-acre development with planning consent for up to six million square feet of logistics accommodation.

The centrally located 50-acre intermodal terminal, managed by Maritime Transport, operates 24/7 and is able to accommodate up to sixteen 775 metre freight trains per day. It also provides storage capacity for over 5,000 TEU, which is equal to approximately 45,000 pallets of cargo.

As competition hots up GBRf is keen to offer the full logistics package and therefore is advertising both loaded and empty storage and final-mile delivery, in order to provide a seamless door to door service with a combination of rail and road resources.

The news follows GBRf’s recent announcement that the company is set to start operations at its new intermodal sidings at Peterborough. The investment provides GBRf with much needed track capacity, which will be doubled in order to facilitate the business’ growing intermodal sector. John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight, said:

“I am thrilled to see the beginning of this new service. Our growth in intermodal shows GBRf’s dedication to innovation, offering flexible door-to-door solutions that meet our customers’ needs, as well as a consistently reliable service. We are very proud of the hard work that has been put in to be the industry’s trusted intermodal carrier.

“Today’s announcement also reconfirms GBRf as the rail freight company leading the way to grow the sector at a time of unprecedented economic challenge. In light of the Covid-19 crisis we are redoubling our efforts to put the UK back on track, while also doing our bit to decarbonise our economy.”

Stuart Cullen, Executive Chairman of Solent Stevedores told how his company’s rail terminal at the Port of Southampton was significantly upgraded last year and the latest service strengthened both companies positions. The sector benefits from a backlash against road haulage with an average freight train removing a minimum of 70 HGV journeys from the roads while simultaneously reducing carbon emissions by about 75%. John Bailey, Managing Director, Intermodal and Terminals at Maritime Transport concluded:

“We are thrilled to be kicking off the next chapter of our intermodal journey; extending our offering at EMG to provide UK businesses with even more ways of moving their goods from A to B at a time when the country begins its return to a new normal. We are incredibly proud of what our drivers and staff have achieved in such a short space of time; meeting our customers’ needs and unique requirements is at the very heart of what we do, and we look forward to providing additional services in the near future.”