Business, Freight News, Logistics

DB Schenker plans service boost

[ February 7, 2012   //   ]

DB Schenker plans to boost its weekly service between Mossend in central Scotland and Barking to three times a week by the end of this year and up to five a week within three to five years, said managing director for logistics Carsten Hinne in an interview with the Herald Scotland newspaper on 7 February. The increased frequency would tie in with expansion of its Barking to Poland service along the High Speed 1 route, and would increase the amount of freight that can be exported from Scotland to Europe from around 2,000 tonnes to 10,000 tonnes per week, he said.

He added that DB Schenker was prepared to work with other rail freight operators to achieve a critical mass.Increasedn rail exports from Scotland would also help DB Schenker to achieve a better balance on its trains, which are currently biased towards imports from Europe to the UK.

The firm, which has terminals at Inverness, Aberdeen, Grangemouth and Mossend, is also in discussions with Government agency Transport Scotland and infrastructure firm Network Rail about plans to operate longer trains in Scotland.