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New rail service launched from Port of Felixstowe by GB Railfreight

AN intermodal rail freight service connecting the Port of Felixstowe with the Birch Coppice terminal in the Midlands has been launched by GB Railfreight, reports the American Journal of Transportation

New rail service launched from Port of Felixstowe by GB Railfreight

AN intermodal rail freight service connecting the Port of Felixstowe with the Birch Coppice terminal in the Midlands has been launched by GB Railfreight, reports the American Journal of Transportation

30 January 2019 - 19:00

AN intermodal rail freight service connecting the Port of Felixstowe with the Birch Coppice terminal in the Midlands has been launched by GB Railfreight, reports the American Journal of Transportation.

The first train left Birch Coppice at 14:14 on 23 January 2019 and arrived at Felixstowe at 20:14, having passed through Hams Hall, Leicester, Peterborough and Ipswich.



Made up of 33 platforms, the service transports a mixture of intermodal containers, and will initially run five days a week.



Said Felixstowe port chief Clemence Cheng: 'We are delighted to welcome this latest service offering from GB Railfreight. The Port of Felixstowe already offers a wide array of rail services through our three intermodal terminals.'



Said GB Railfreight managing director John Smith: 'It is demonstrative of the wider sea change we are seeing in the rail freight industry, as the UK moves from its industrial roots to become a service and consumer-led economy.'



Mr Smith said this was reflected in the fact that intermodal traffic now accounts for 36 per cent of rail freight industry wide.



Regular rail services are also run from Felixstowe to Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Teesport, Birmingham, Doncaster, Selby, Hams Hall, Wakefield, Ditton (Widnes), Rotherham and Cardiff.


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