Freight News, Rail

DB Schenker Rail to open Barking car hub

[ December 12, 2014   //   ]

DB Schenker Rail UK is to develop a Euro-hub for the import and export of finished vehicles at Barking, East London. Expected to open in March 2015, it will be connected to the High Speed 1 rail link to the Channel Tunnel and will be the only rail linked facility of its type in the country, says the train operator.

The company has taken a 20 year lease on a 34 acre site in Barking, East London, and will initially construct a rail connected facility to accommodate the unloading, storage, preparation and distribution of imported and exported finished vehicles.

Initial capacity will be up to 150,000 finished vehicles per year.

Geoff Spencer, CEO of DB Schenker Rail UK, said: “Barking Euro-Hub is a truly innovative new offering to the automotive import/exports market. DB Schenker Rail UK has been moving finished vehicles by rail through the Channel Tunnel since it opened 20 years ago so we are well placed to develop the Barking site. It will bring huge benefits to our customers and the broader industry.”