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Maritime launches service to new East Midlands hub

[ January 10, 2020   //   ]

Maritime Intermodal has launched a new five-day-a-week rail freight service between Felixstowe and the new East Midlands Gateway EMG).

It has capacity for up to 70 containers, and is Maritime Intermodal’s seventh daily rail freight service, with further services expected to be announced in the coming months.

Maritime’s managing director of intermodal and terminal, John Bailey, said: “We’re delighted to be extending our rail offering with this new service, our first of many at EMG which is set to open a new intermodal market for the industry, increasing productivity and removing truck miles from the Midlands’ major routes..”

Andrew Pilsworth, Business Unit Director at EMG’s developer’s, SEGRO, said: “The start of rail freight services to and from East Midlands Gateway is a major step forward for the long-term future of the development. Strategic Rail Freight Interchanges are recognised by the Government as being nationally important pieces of infrastructure, both economically and environmentally, and the demand for the efficient movement of goods – driven by customer demand and technology – shows no sign of slowing down.”

Maritime Transport’s 17-acre EMG terminal is capable of handling up to 16 775 metre-long freight trains daily and will provide storage capacity for over 5,000teu. The site will also host a new 20,000 sq ft HQ for Maritime Intermodal to house operations staff, training facilities and parking for a fleet of up to 100 trucks.

SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway is a 700-acre development with planning consent for up to 6 million sq ft of warehousing and logistics accommodation. It is already or will be a base for companies including Amazon, Nestle/XPO Logistics, Shop Direct, Kuehne+Nagel and Games Workshop.