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Updated: GBRf and Maritime launch Felixstowe-Wakefield and East Midland Gateway trains

[ March 10, 2021   //   ]

GB Railfreight has started a rail service between the Port of Felixstowe and Maritime Transport’s Wakefield Europort terminal. It is GBRf’s seventh intermodal into a Maritime facility and will operate from Monday to Friday.

The train is made up of a mix of wagon types to allow for enhanced flexibility and to maximise the number of boxes that can be carried.

GB Railfreight now operates 21 intermodal services in total. Managing director John Smith, said:  “Our growth in intermodal shows GBRf’s dedication to innovation, offering flexible door-to-door solutions that meet our customer’s needs, as well as a consistently reliable service.”

Managing Director – intermodal and terminals at Maritime Transport John Bailey, added: “Following what has been a year of new challenges for those throughout the industry, it has been incredibly important for us as business to continue to build not just sustainable but robust solutions to ensure the stability of the supply chain. This new service is testament to this and we are very pleased to be working with GB Railfreight to deliver essential intermodal services to our customers.”

Chief executive at the Port of Felixstowe, Chris Lewis, said: “Expanding the number of rail services available to importers and exporters from the port is one of our key objectives. The Port of Felixstowe is the Northern Powerhouse’s major container gateway and approximately 50% of traffic between Felixstowe and the North moves by rail. Increasing the number of services is good for the port, good for our customers and good for the environment.

“With three dedicated rail terminals at the port we offer more rail services to more inland destinations with greater frequency than any other UK port.”

A few days later, Maritime Transport and DB Cargo announced the start of another new rail service from Felixstowe, to East Midlands Gateway. It will run Tuesday to Saturday.