The new rail service connects Scotland to global trade routes

The new rail service connects Scotland to global trade routes

MSC UK has launched a rail service linking Scotland's Mossend with the UK ports of Felixstowe and London Gateway. This is a major milestone in the promotion of Scottish trade, simplifying the transport of freight from anywhere in Scotland.

The new Anglo-Scottish rail service builds on MSC UK's commitment to the Scottish market, customers, and ports, by complementing two existing weekly calls into the ports of Grangemouth and Greenock. The new service is to support Scottish trade and revitalize the logistics route across the UK, which has become more administratively complicated since Brexit.

“This latest enhancement to MSC UK’s long-established and market-leading intermodal network offers great value to our UK customers by seamlessly connecting their cargo across road, rail and sea; delivering an efficient and cost-effective solution that helps contribute to our customers’ sustainability goals,” commented Jonathan Burke, Operations Director at MSC UK.

With this move, MSC is enhancing its intermodal offering, which is a key issue for the company. MSC makes significant investments in this area to strengthen its inland solutions offering and also wants to contribute to the decarbonization of global supply chains. The new MSC UK service is operated in collaboration with its partners GB Railfreight (GBRf) and Maritime.

‘We are pleased that MSC UK have decided to utilise both of our terminals at Mossend and Hams Hall to launch this service. Our continued investment in intermodal services and infrastructure means the two sites, which form part of our growing network of seven fully open access terminals, offer excellent coverage and rail connectivity throughout the UK,” said John Bailey, Managing Director – Intermodal and Terminals, for Maritime Transport Ltd.

The intermodal service operates six days a week - aiming to significantly increase rail and road capacity for MSC UK customers. An interesting enhancement to the intermodal offer is the door-to-door service, which brings considerable simplification to customers' freight transport. “We can collect or deliver customers’ cargo from anywhere in Scotland and connect seamlessly to the ports of Felixstowe and London Gateway and mainline services to destinations around the globe,” explained Jonathan Burke.

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