DB Schenker Rail UK has doubled the number of intermodal services it runs from London Gateway to Trafford Park in Manchester. The company has responded to customer demand and increased volume by increasing its services between the two terminals from two a week to four. Adrian Fleming, Head of Intermodal at DB Schenker Rail UK, said: “Delivering a quality service to our customers is at the heart of everything we do so we are delighted to be able to provide these increased services to meet their needs. The intermodal market continues to be buoyant as customers look to the most cost efficient and environmentally friendly way of moving freight across the country.”
He added: “Intermodal looks set to increase at a staggering rate. It currently represents 27% of rail freight business and this is predicted to rise to 68% by 2033. The Network Rail long-term freight market study suggests a 6.4% per annum growth in intermodal rail freight from ports until the year 2023. The impact on rail freight will be dramatic.”
London Gateway has the UK’s largest port rail freight terminal, with more than 30% of the port’s cargo being carried by rail. DB Schenker Rail UK was the first company to offer scheduled rail freight services from the port. Along with the services to Trafford Park the company also runs trains from the port to Daventry and South Wales.
DB Schenker Rail UK was also the first rail operator to integrate its own order-management systems directly with those of the port. This gives customers a seamless, efficient, rapid intermodal freight service, direct from the port to terminals across the country. The close integration of its systems with London Gateway has enabled the company to achieve an impressive ‘shore-to-door’ delivery record of 99.7% of containers transported on time.
DB Schenker Rail UK is the country’s leading rail freight operator, running over 5,000 train services every week and employing more than 3,000 people.
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• In addition to undertaking rail freight operations, DB Schenker Rail UK provides a range of passenger haulage, engineering support, technical and hire services nationwide.
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