November 2019

East Midlands train terminal on time

Construction of the rail terminal at East Midlands Gateway is making rapid progress and it is on schedule for official opening at the start of 2020, says Maritime Transport. It has recently taken delivery of three new Sany reach stackers and two Sany empty container handlers. Capable of storing up to 5,000teu tenants already in occupation at the site include Amazon, Shop Direct, K&N, and Nestle. [+]

New trucks all round for Davies Turner

UK independent freight forwarder Davies Turner is to completely renew its domestic distribution vehicle fleet. The new trucks include 7.5, 12 and 18-tonners, contract-hired for greater flexibility over future renewal options without tying up capital in depreciating assets. All the new vehicles carry Davies Turner's new livery, which commemorates the ... [+]

Top diplomat sees London Gateway at first hand

New UAE ambassador to the UK, Mansoor Abulhoul, visited DP World London Gateway on 14 November. Mr Abulhoul enjoyed a tour of deep sea port and rail terminal alongside the largest logistics park in Europe. He stated: “The scale of the operation that DP World has created as well as ... [+]

No Deal still on the table, warns Tudor Freight boss

The UK could still be heading for a no-deal Brexit at the end of 2020 says director of Leeds-based forwarder Tudor International Freight, Adam Johnson. This was the logical conclusion to be drawn from recent statements by government representatives such as Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Duchy of ... [+]

Gdansk port promises to slash China-UK rail timings

A new rail link from Xi’an in China to the Port of Gdansk will include a ‘short-cut’ to the UK and Scandinavia, cutting journey times by 3-5 days compared to the existing rail service via Hamburg, says the Polish port as it welcomed the first Euro–China Train on 25 November. Part ... [+]

ABP locks in South Wales growth

Associated British Ports (ABP) has begun a £7.8 million project to replace and refurbish lock gates at Cardiff and Swansea. At Cardiff the outer lock gates are being replaced and the old outer lock gates will then be refurbished and installed into the middle position as the existing middle gates are ... [+]

Ex-Aldi man to run Europa property

Europa Worldwide Group has appointed Alec Kirkbride as its first head of property to lead construction of its new £60 million, 715,000sq ft third party logistics facility in Corby, due to be completed next year. He brings experience in managing large-scale infrastructure construction projects and experience in negotiating complex procurement contracts and previously worked ... [+]

Channel Isles operator sold

Brittany Ferries and the Columbia Threadneedle European Sustainable Infrastructure Fund are to buy UK/Channel Islands ferry operator Condor from current owner Australian-based Macquarie Group, subject to approval. Condor operates freight and passenger ferries between Portsmouth, Poole, Guernsey and Jersey. The Condor brand will be maintained. [+]

Four more years for liner block exemption

The European Commission is to extend the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation by another four years, following a consultation with the industry and its customers. It concluded that the regulation, which allows the operation of alliances and consortia between lines (but not shipping line ‘conferences’) did not materially reduce competition. The ... [+]

Russell to run Highland Spring rail terminal

Transport and logistics operator JG Russell has been chosen as the operator of a new intermodal rail freight facility at Highland Spring’s bottling plant at Blackford in the Highlands. The terminal, expected to open in early 2021, on the main line between Stirling and Perth is expected to remove about ... [+]

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