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All aboard the Grangemouth Express

[ June 21, 2019   //   ]

Eddie Stobart is to run a new weekly rail serve between the rail terminals at Forth Ports’ Tilbury and Grangemouth locations, via Daventry in the English Midlands. The new two-way train service will be operated by DRS and will start on 28 June, departing Tilbury on Friday and arriving in Grangemouth, via Daventry, on Saturday.

The train will have space for 36 containers and will move retail goods, food and drink outwards while the return journey from Grangemouth will carry Scottish exports including spirits, chemicals and fresh food.

Forth Ports’ chief operating officer, Stuart Wallace, said: “Linking our ports in the South East and Scotland by rail has been a priority for us and we are pleased to partner with Eddie Stobart and DRS on this new service. The service comes on the back of an increase in business at our busy container terminals and underpins our commitment to provide sustainable and cost-effective logistics solutions for our customers. This is the first time that a rail service truly links our ports in Tilbury and Grangemouth which opens up a number of import and export opportunities for our business and customers.”

Sector director at Eddie Stobart, John Clark, added: “Eddie Stobart Logistics remains one of the only UK operators to offer genuine modal choice for customers, and we’re delighted to be able to extend our rail offering through our new partnership with Direct Rail Services and Forth Ports. Unlike many rail operators, our services are built in direct response to customer requirements – that’s why we’re introducing a new service that will link the Port of Tilbury to Grangemouth for the first time. We believe this will help to provide our customers with a cost effective and sustainable means of moving goods between Southern England and Central Scotland.”