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PD Ports adds second Scottish train

[ October 24, 2018   //   ]

PD Ports has launched a second rail service between Teesport and Scotland.

The new service, operated by DB Cargo, will run five days a week from the quayside at Teesport to the PD Stirling Terminal at Mossend in Glasgow. It provides a direct connection with the P&O Ferries daily service to and from Zeebrugge and Rotterdam.

PD Ports launched its first Scottish rail connection from Teesport in August 2015, and says it now offers more direct daily rail connections to and from Scotland than any other port in the north of England, running 10 trains a week.

Earlier this year P&O Ferries increased its capacity on the Zeebrugge service by 25%.

PD Ports chief executive, Frans Calje (pictured, below) said: “Frequency and reliability is fundamental to the success of our customers’ existence. We have vessels arriving at Teesport from the Baltics every 30 hours and every 48 hours from Poland with direct rail connections from the quayside to Scotland twice a day, five days a week.

“This frequency breeds trust and confidence amongst shippers that they can transport their goods from Europe to Scotland within a 36 hour period, minimising cost and carbon emissions.”

PD Stirling managing director, Andrew Stirling, added: “This is excellent news for Scottish importers and exporters. It not only provides vital daily rail connections to and from the continent through Teesport, it also provides support to Scotland’s manufacturing base. This growth in rail transport with Teesport has led to firm plans to expand our facilities and to launch the MIRP (Mossend International Rail Freight Park).”

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