Two UK ports – DP World and London Gateway – first to handle super-size freight trains

Two UK deepwater ports – DP World ports at Southampton and London Gateway – say they are the first in the country to handle super-size freight trains.

The two ports are now handling Freightliner’s new 775 metre intermodal container trains helping cement the critical role of Britain’s smart logistics hubs in the international supply chain.

“The emphasis on rail across both ports takes 300,000 trucks off UK roads each year, bringing significant environmental benefits and we expect this number to continue to grow,” said Ernst Schulze, Chief Executive of DP World in the UK.

“Our aim is to be a partner in our customers’ business success, providing fast, reliable and flexible links to international supply chains and markets.”

Green benefits

These new 77m trains, which are the longest in use on the national rail network, are 250 metres longer than a typical freight train and carry between 12 and 14 additional containers on each service, generating significant cost and environmental benefits for customers transporting goods to and from the ports.

Eddie Aston, chief executive officer for Freightliner and parent company Genesee & Wyoming’s UK/Europe Region, said: “Running container train services at 775 metres not only improves the productivity and efficiency of rail freight but has significant environmental gains.

The three daily roundtrip 775 metre intermodal trains that Freightliner is currently running from the Port of Southampton are collectively saving over four million road miles and 9,500 tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

Mr. Aston added that this further contributes to the UK government’s commitment to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050.

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