DP World has introduced a new intermodal train service in the UK, linking London Gateway with Southampton. The service is scheduled to run every Saturday and carries freight including fresh fruit, drinks, and consumer goods in less than five hours. The train will take up to 120 lorries off the road each week and reduce carbon emissions by up to 80%.
“DP World is unique in offering customers a choice of deep-water entry and exit points to and from the UK. This new rail service will make it even easier for our customers to switch volumes quickly and easily between the two locations, which means greater flexibility and choice,” commented John Trenchard, UK Commercial & Supply Chain Director of DP World.
The frequency of train connections should increase next year. Along with further investment in rail connectivity at both ports, it is expected to reduce motorway congestion, with a total of 300,000 trucks taken off UK roads each year.
London Gateway and Southampton, two deep-water ports with access to freight rail terminals, are among the most modern logistics hubs in the UK. In the first half of the year, they moved a record volume of cargo - with a combined total of 1.93 million TEUs. In 2024, a fourth London Gateway berth is expected to open, increasing capacity by a third. The construction project supports 1,000 jobs and the port-focused logistics park will employ a further 12,000 people when completed in five years.