Three more years for GBRf and MSC

GB Railfreight (GBRf) has extended its contract with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), to run container services out of Felixstowe by a further three years. GBRf runs three services daily, one to Newell and Wright in Rotherham, and two to ABP Connect in Hamshall. Under the new contract, GBRf will be running 98 rail platforms daily, with a mix of 60’ wagons and 40’ friendly ECOfret triples. [+]

GBRf runs Birmingham-Liverpool ‘Santa Special’

GB Railfreight ran a special Christmas intermodal train from Maritime Transport’s Birmingham Intermodal Freight Terminal to the Port of Liverpool on 22 December, returning the following day – the first time a service has been run between the two sites. It demonstrates the potential of running regular container services between ... [+]

Rail firm in seventh heaven

GB Railfreight has added its seventh daily rail service from Felixstowe, to Birch Coppice, Birmingham. It is also the 31st daily rail service to operate out of the port. It runs to Birmingham Intermodal Freight Terminal (BIFT), owned by container transport company Maritime Transport [2]. It is also the first ... [+]

Trains suffer too in Calais crisis

It's not only cross-Channel truckers who have suffered during the recent strike and stowaways crisis in the port of Calais – operators of through rail services have also been under immense pressure. In a statement issued on 23 July, the Rail Freight Group warned: “The impact on cross-channel rail freight services ... [+]

Potter swings it for shipping line

Potter Logistics’ says its Selby rail freight terminal was able to maintain turn-round times for the daily GBRf-operated MSC container train from Felixstowe port from July to September 2014, despite engineering work on a local swing bridge reducing available time by 50 minutes. Pictured: Jason Croft, account manager - GBRf (L) ... [+]

Think before you electrify, says GBRf boss

GB Railfreight managing director, John Smith, called for “intelligent electrification” at a Transport Select Committee’s session on 1 December. Whilst recognising that parts of the Government's 'electric spine' scheme to create an electrified route from the south coast to the north of England, are good for rail freight, he called ... [+]

Updated: A new name in Channel Tunnel rail freight

Logistics specialist John G Russell and Eurotunnel's GB Railfreight and Europorte France subsidiaries are cooperating on a new container service between Lille and Barking via the Tunnel and the high speed line. The three partners ran their first service on 3 November between Lille's Dourges terminal to Russell's Barking site ... [+]

Incentivise rail terminals, GBRf tells DfT

GB Railfreight told the Department for Transport that there should be incentives for investment in Strategic Rail Freight Interchanges (SRFIs) and freight warehouse facilities across the network, in its submission to the consultation on the draft National Networks National Policy Statement (NN NPS). The rail operator also asked that any ... [+]

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