22nd May 2019
GB Railfreight (GBRf) have announced that they will run a new service from the Port of Felixstowe to iPort Rail in Doncaster, continuing their expansion into the intermodal market. The service will run 5 days a week and is the 16th intermodal service introduced by GBRf in the last 18 months. It also means that GBRf trains now carry one third of all containerised rail traffic to and from the Port of Felixstowe.
GBRf were the first commercial service to use the iPort facility in September 2018 and have the honour of being the only operator to use the facility at this current time. The addition of this new service will also allow increased flexibility in Yorkshire operations, providing customers with more increased and distant logistical options.
John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight, said:
“I am thrilled to see the beginning of this new service. It is fantastic to be working once again with valued friends and partners. Our growth in intermodal speaks to GBRf’s commitment to innovation, offering flexible and innovative door-to-door solutions that meet our customer’s needs, as well as a consistently reliable service. This is why customers work with us again and again, GBRf are the industry’s trusted intermodal carrier.”
Steve Freeman, Managing Director of iPort Rail, said:
“This new Felixstowe service highlights the growth iPort Rail is experiencing since welcoming its first commercial service late last year, and the increasing significance of our facility to national and international supply chains. Being part of Verdion’s iPort multimodal logistics hub means that 87 per cent of the UK population is within a four-hour drive of our terminal, with easy access to the national motorway network and sea transport links as well as rail freight routes increase. The terminal already handles several hundred tonnes of goods daily, and we are excited that our expansion story is set to benefit businesses across the country even further.”
Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Felixstowe and Executive Director of Hutchison Ports, said:
“More and more companies are looking for sustainable transport options and ways to avoid an increasingly crowded road network. The Port of Felixstowe is uniquely placed to meet those demands and already offers a wide range of intermodal rail freight services to key UK destinations. With nearly 1.5 million TEU moving between Felixstowe and locations in the Northern Powerhouse region each year, Felixstowe is already the North’s major gateway for global trade. This new connection provides businesses in this vital region with greater choice of ways to get their goods to market.”
Author: Darren Porter