Eurotunnel to sue govt over ferries contracts

Eurotunnel says that it will sue the UK government over the “secretive” procurement process for the extra ferry capacity. A four-day trial is due to begin on 1 March and follows a High Court hearing at the end of last year when Eurotunnel claimed that the contracts to Seaborne, Britanny Ferries and DFDS were awarded without any public notice. Eurotunnel has meanwhile set a new freight record in January, carrying 145,960 ... [+]

New rail link to the Midlands

GB Railfreight has launched an intermodal service between ABP’s Birch Coppice terminal, near Birmingham and Felixstowe – its fifth new intermodal service in the past 18 months and the second into the Midlands terminal. The 33-wagon train will initially run five days a week. [+]

DB Cargo and Maritime Transport join forces

Railfreight operator DB Cargo UK has signed a pact with container and logistics operator Maritime Transport to combine their expertise to increase capacity at two of the UK’s main ports. A new Maritime Intermodal division will initially run four dedicated services out of Felixstowe and Southampton. ... [+]

Cardiff forwarder signs Freightliner deal

South Wales intermodal freight forwarder, FSEW has signed a new contract with Freightliner for additional capacity on its Cardiff-Southampton route and also to offer services from Cardiff to Birmingham and Daventry. It will make FSEW Freightliner’s single largest contracted user on the Southampton to Cardiff ... [+]

Stobart train is a fixture

Eddie Stobart Logistics has made permanent its new rail service from the port of Tilbury to Daventry, originally launched as a fourth month trial in September. The new service, which has a forecast capacity of 200 containers a week will “within a matter of weeks” ... [+]

Ferry contracts could be illegal, says Eurotunnel boss

Eurotunnel boss Jacques Gounon has warned that the Government’s recent award of contracts to ferry companies to provide additional cross-Channel capacity after Brexit may be anti-competitive and illegal. He has written to UK transport secretary, Chris Grayling, bringing to his attention “distortionary and anti-competitive effects of ... [+]

Ferrymasters offers sea link to Turkey

P&O Ferrymasters has launched ferry services between the Turkish ports of Pendik, Ambarli and Mersin to Trieste, Italy, with onward connections to and from its European intermodal network. Departures six times a week in both directions will connect in Trieste with trains to and from ... [+]

Dunkerque steps up rail shuttles

Novatrans subsidiary Greenmodal Transport and Dunkerque-Port have joined forces to extend multimodal services to and from the port. It now serves all major rail hubs in the South of France including Bordeaux, Bayonne, Toulouse, Perpignan, Marseille, Lyon and Avignon and Northern Italy (Turin, Novara, Milan). ... [+]

New giant to serve Spain auto logistics market

Automotive industry freight firms Gefco and Berge have signed an agreement to create Spain’s leading finished-vehicle logistics provider. Berge Gefco will offer more than 3 million m2 of space for storing up to 120,000 vehicles, along with 700 trucks, 100 rail wagons and 40,000sq m ... [+]

Lack of freight on transpennine rail route is short-sighted, says PD Ports

The reported decision to upgrade the 76-mile Trans-Pennine route between Leeds and Manchester at a cost of £3b without any provision for freight is deeply troubling for businesses in the North, says PD Ports, owner and operator of the ports of Tees and Hartlepool. It ... [+]