GB Railfreight launches new daily service between Port of Felixstowe and Rotherham

A new daily rail freight service has been launched from the Port of Felixstowe and Rotherham.

A new daily rail freight service has been launched from the Port of Felixstowe and Rotherham. - Credit: Archant

A new daily rail freight service linking the Port of Felixstowe with Rotherham in Yorkshire has been launched.

The new service, operated by GB Railfreight and running to Rotherham, is the 33rd daily service of its kind from the port.

Port chief executive Clemence Cheng said: “The introduction of the 33rd daily rail service from the Port of Felixstowe so soon after the 32nd is evidence of the continuing strong demand for rail.

“An ever-increasing number of shippers are looking to benefit by integrating rail into their supply chain strategies.

“The range and frequency of rail services offered at the port, combined with the minimum deviation for the latest generation of mega-vessels, makes Felixstowe the logical choice for both shipping lines and shippers looking for quick and sustainable transport solutions.”

John Smith, managing director of GB Railfreight, said it was “delighted” to be working with the port and with terminal operator Newell & Wright Transport in delivering the new service.

“The 33rd daily train represents GB Railfreight’s eighth intermodal flow from the Port of Felixstowe, and our second new service from Felixstowe this past year,” he said.

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“With the help of our newly ordered Ecofret triple wagons, ultimately this will make the train 45 wagons in length, it allows us to further increase our capacity at the port and across the network.

“Following the decline of core commodities such as coal and steel, it is important that we continue to look for growth opportunities in alternative markets such as intermodal.

“The introduction of this new flow highlights the benefits rail freight traffic brings to our intermodal customers, and the intention of the port and GB Railfreight to ensure the long-term competitiveness and viability of the industry.”

Frank Newell, managing director of Newell & Wright Transport, said as a well-established container haulier, it could see there was a gap in the market for a rail terminal in the Yorkshire area.

“Opening/operating our first rail terminal in Rotherham gives us further opportunities with our customer base,” he said.

“We feel that we can now offer a one stop shop from the Port of Felixstowe to final delivery point in the Yorkshire region. This consists of a daily rail service and onward delivery via our own fleet. We can also offer container repairs, loading and unloading of containers into our warehouse and storage of both loaded and empty containers.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Newell & Wright Transport and we look forward to the future working with the Port of Felixstowe, GBRF and DB Cargo.”

The new daily service departs from the port’s North Rail Terminal which was opened in 2013. Felixstowe’s North Terminal was the first in the UK built specifically to handle trains of up to 730m length. The new GB Railfreight service consists of 33 wagons, taking advantage of the greater efficiencies longer trains allow.