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DP World takes the long view of rail transport

[ June 1, 2021   //   ]

DP World says that its two deep-water ports at Southampton and London Gateway have become the first in the country capable of handling Freightliner’s new 775 metre intermodal container trains.

The longest in use on the national rail network, the new 775 metre trains are 250 metres longer than a typical freight train and carry between 12 and 14 additional containers on each service.

The trains the two ports every working day for Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds.

DP World chief executive Ernst Schulze, said: “Both ports already have a high degree of rail interconnectivity, with Southampton having the highest proportion of containers moved by train in the UK at more than 30 per cent and London Gateway aiming to achieve similar levels.”

Eddie Aston, chief executive officer for Freightliner and parent company Genesee & Wyoming’s UK/Europe Region added: “Running container train services at 775 metres not only improves the productivity and efficiency of rail freight but has significant environmental gains.  The three daily roundtrip 775 metre intermodal trains that Freightliner is currently running from the Port of Southampton are collectively saving over four million road miles and 9,500 tonnes of carbon emissions (CO2e) per year, further contributing to the government’s commitment to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.”

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