DB Schenker UK To Provide Rail Services At London Gateway
By Anuja Abraham
DP World London Gateway and DB Schenker Rail have jointly announced an agreement to provide rail services from day one at the new deep-sea port and Europe’s largest logistics park, which opens in Q4 2013.
DB Schenker Rail will operate freight trains over 700 metres in length from London Gateway, amongst the longest in the UK. The new hub is likely to become the UK’s busiest rail freight terminal.
The agreement will see DB Schenker Rail introduce at least four rail freight services a day (four in, four out), subject to volumes, and will serve a range of inland terminals including potential new UK locations. Additional rail freight services will be introduced in the future.
DB Schenker Rail will also pursue the development of rail freight services from London Gateway to mainland Europe using the Channel Tunnel.
Carsten Hinne, Managing Director Logistics for DB Schenker Rail UK, said: “London Gateway is the most significant logistics project in the intermodal sector, and it will be home to the largest rail freight terminal in the UK. The services which we will launch at London Gateway will be the first of many freight trains that we will operate from the port, forming a strong rail freight network across the UK and mainland Europe for customers.”