In a significant boost to the UK's rail freight capabilities, GB Railfreight (GBRf), a leading provider in the sector, has launched a new intermodal service linking London Gateway with iPort Doncaster. The initiative, which began last week, utilizes GBRf's newly acquired FEA-G intermodal wagons, which are designed to increase the efficiency and volume of freight traffic.
Each high-density twin wagon used in this service is capable of carrying six twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), significantly increasing the amount of cargo that can be transported per trip. This improvement is expected to streamline the logistics process and provide a robust solution for moving freight along the specified route.
The service, which operates five trains per week from DP World London Gateway, aims to provide a regular and reliable connection between two key nodes in the UK rail freight network. Julie Garn, GBRf's Head of Intermodal, highlighted the service's alignment with the company's commitment to innovation and sustainability: “We believe this new service will unlock a lot new markets and help us reduce our carbon emissions. Every time one of our trains runs, we remove up to 129 HGVs from our congested roads and help move us closer to net zero.”
Steve Freeman, Managing Director at iPort Rail, lauded the service's introduction as a testament to the strategic importance of the iPort Terminal in the UK's logistics landscape and the flourishing partnership with GBRf: “The introduction of this service is further proof of the strategic positioning of the iPort Terminal on the UK logistics map. It is also testimony to the strong relationship the Port has built with GBRf, which continues to grow, in providing the UK supply chain with excellent connectivity and service levels.”