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First departure for P&O Ferrymasters’ Czech express

[ November 16, 2020   //   ]

P&O Ferrymasters has launched a new train service from Lovosice in the Czech Republic to Rotterdam Europoort with onward sea connections to Britain.

The company will run its own trains in both directions from Lovosice – a strategic transport junction close to Prague, Germany and Poland – to Rotterdam for deepsea shipping or shortsea connections to the east coast of Britain. 

Managing director of P&O Ferrymasters, Thorsten Runge, said: “This new service is the first to provide a direct multimodal link from the Czech Republic to Britain, and the first direct rail link between the Czech Republic and the Netherlands to use mega trailers. Part of the train will stop at Duisburg, the world’s biggest inland port, which will be used as a gateway to connect Lovosice with other European terminals.”

He added: “Our customers face complex challenges in transporting goods from A to B across long distances in a context of time-critical, cost-constrained supply chains. Through this new service we will deliver value for our customers by driving efficiency and helping them to eliminate waste and reduce CO2 emissions in their supply chains.”

The first train departed from Lovosice in November and arrived in Europoort 24 hours later with 38 45’ pallet-wide containers and huckepack trailers. There will be four departures per week in each direction and the train is able can transport hazardous goods or customs-bonded freight.