Freight News

London Gateway lines up rail and road links

[ December 3, 2012   //   ]

Roadways Container Logistics says that it plans to run services from the new London Gateway from when it opens next year and will also provide inland rail terminals for operators using the new port.

The haulier’s managing director, Nick Matthews said: “Roadways will be running services from day one of operations for shippers choosing London Gateway and we want to show the industry that we are ahead of the game and acting now to capture that market. We see the future of logistics and shipping in the UK is at London Gateway.”

General manager, Marc Wynne added that the port would probably be served initially by Roadways’ existing operation at nearby Tilbury: “Setting up a depot at London Gateway is an option that we will explore; we also have an existing base at Tilbury which is ideally situated to access all south eastern ports.”

The number of trucks available at the new port would “very much depend on our customers and their requirements. Detailed discussions will take place in the forthcoming months.” Nationally, Roadways operates over 300 vehicles he said.
Roadways also operates two rail terminals, at Manchester and Tamworth near Birmingham which currently receive five intermodal services per day from Felixstowe and Southampton ports.

Earlier, train operator EWS announced that it would provide rail connections to and from London Gateway.