Schenker to offer London Gateway rail service

London, UK: DP World London Gateway and DB Schenker Rail today announced an agreement to provide rail services at the new deep-sea port which is set to open late next year.

Schenker will operate freight trains over 700 metres in length from London Gateway. The new hub is likely to become the UK’s busiest rail freight terminal. 
The agreement will see DB Schenker Rail introduce at least four rail freight services a day (four in, four out), subject to volume, serving inland terminals.

Schenker plans rail freight services from London Gateway to mainland Europe using the Channel Tunnel.  
Carsten Hinne, managing director logistics, DB Schenker Rail UK, said:  “London Gateway is the most significant logistics project in the intermodal sector, and it will be home to the largest rail freight terminal in the UK.

“The services which we will launch at London Gateway will be the first of many freight trains that we will operate from the port, forming a strong rail freight network across the UK and mainland Europe for customers.

Simon Moore, chief executive, DP World London Gateway, said:  “We believe rail will be more competitive from London Gateway than any other UK port destination. 
“The commitment of DB Schenker Rail to provide a range of rail freight services for London Gateway users ensures that we will have world class connections from day one of operations.”

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