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Doncaster opens UK’s first inland rail freight hub in ten years

[ February 26, 2018   //   ]

Doncaster’s iPort Rail has handled the first train at the UK’s newest intermodal inland rail freight hub.

Located on a 30-acre site within the 337-acre iPort logistics hub, iPort Rail can accommodate the UK’s longest trains up to six times a day. It has storage capacity for 1,500teu and a reach stacker with a 115-tonne front axle load.

The site is on the East Coast Main Line and next to the M18.

Itl has been developed by pan-European logistics specialist Verdion, which will also operate the site. Chief executive, Michael Hughes, said: “Rail terminals need to be properly integrated into logistics hubs for greatest efficiency. But with strains on the road network and questions over customs arrangements over the next three years, the certainty that rail freight and inland ports offer should make them important factors in corporate decision-making.”

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