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Another Scots rail link for Teesport

[ May 20, 2021   //   ]

Teesport has gained another rail link to central Scotland, to Elderslie near Glasgow. The route is a northwards extension of the existing Teesport to Doncaster service, and will be operated by GB Railfreight. It will allow for the deposit of empty containers and collection of export cargo through Teesport in Elderslie.

PD Ports already operates daily rail services from Teesport to Mossend (to the south-east of Glasgow) and Grangemouth (between Edinburgh and Glasgow).

PD Ports chief commercial officer, Geoff Lippitt, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to work alongside our esteemed partners Containerships and GB Railfreight to offer a solution that not only suits our current customers, but also incorporates a new connection, encapsulating additional markets and opening up our intermodal service offering to another supply chain.

“We have long been advocates for rail freight at PD Ports and this forms a large part of our future vision to establish the River Tees as the UK’s most successful port region by 2050. Now, as the impacts of COVID19 continue and as the Green Industrial Revolution sits at the top of the Government agenda, there has never been a better time to make the switch from road to rail, saving on time, costs, and carbon emissions.

“We will continue working with our partners to introduce rail into new supply chains and plan to add even more services to our current roster of 25 per week in the near future.”

Chief land officer at Containerships, Jonathan Paine, added: “The first months of this important rail service were a success and we’ll keep striving towards establishing further dedicated rail services throughout our business. As part of the CMA CGM Group, Containerships doesn’t spare any effort to meet our customers’ needs through tailor made solutions reducing the environmental footprint of goods’ transport, on our path toward becoming carbon neutral by 2050.”

Business development director at GB Railfreight, Tim Hartley, said: “GBRf is proud to be partnering with PD Ports and Containerships to offer a resilient and sustainable service to Elderslie. We applaud the vision that all parties have shown in launching this innovative rail corridor which promotes the levelling up agenda, supports retail growth and delivers significant decarbonisation benefits. We look forward to building on this excellent initiative.”

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