Peel Ports and the UK’s largest rail freight company, DB Cargo UK, have started a partnership to provide a new rail service for containers via the Port of Liverpool for the first time.
The new service will provide shipping lines, forwarders, tank operators and cargo-owners with a seamless route, between the quayside at Liverpool and Scotland in the UK.
Due to begin on May 8, 2018, the service will start with goods loaded in Liverpool and transferred to Mossend terminal in Glasgow, before being sent to destinations across Scotland.
The returning service to Liverpool will carry Scottish goods for export, with a large portion destined for America.
Scottish family-run company Walkers Shortbread, who produce 40,000 tons of biscuits every year, will be one of the first customers to use the new service, exporting 700 containers a year to America.
The new service, comprising of up to 30 wagons and with the capacity carry over 40 containers per trip, will initially run three days a week with DB Cargo UK providing the rail haulage.
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Jouke Schaap, Container Director at Peel Ports, said: “This is an important milestone event for us and our partners, DB Cargo.
“We know that cargo owners are looking for more efficient ways of getting their goods from A to B, and this rail freight service provides them with a simpler, more cost effective and environmentally friendly way of doing that.
“It also underlines our commitment to working with our customers and the wider supply chain to transform UK logistics practices to ensure the door-to-door journey is optimised.”
The available train path capacity directly to and from the Port of Liverpool is currently amongst the highest of all major ports within the UK, providing expansion options for importers and exporters that minimise cost, congestion and carbon emissions.
Hans-Georg Werner, CEO of DB Cargo UK, commented: “We’re delighted to be working alongside Peel Ports on this exciting new initiative. Introducing express rail services between Liverpool and Mossend is a really sustainable solution, significantly reducing the need for HGVs to travel thousands of miles on our roads each week.
“Peel Ports’ vision to offer customers a seamless end-to-end service resonates with our own drive for higher standards of service and flexibility for our customers. We look forward to seeing our partnership grow in the years ahead.”