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Teesport launches twice daily train from Doncaster

[ June 18, 2019   //   ]

PD Ports has launched a twice-daily GB Railfreight-operated train service between Teesport and Doncaster, on behalf of multimodal operator Containerships, following a trial. The end customer is IKEA Transport & Logistics Services. It has capacity for 56 boxes per day.

Containerships’ chief commercial officer, Jari Lepistö, said: “We were looking for reliable partners to move large amounts of cargo with increased volumes coming from the Baltics in a sustainable way. We needed an effective daily plan to move containers to Doncaster when satisfying one of our major customers, IKEA Transport & Logistics Services’ environmental targets.”

Elisabeth Munck af Rosenschöld, head of sustainability for IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, added: “To us delivery accuracy is of key importance. At the same time, we have a very ambitious decarbonising agenda and actively seek to reduce our environmental impact wherever possible. To shift from trucks to trains is one way of reducing the number of shipments and fuel used per shipment.”

Group business development director at PD Ports, Geoff Lippitt, said that Teesport continued to see  consistent growth in container volumes, “reflecting not only the trust and confidence customers have in our ability to deliver reliable services but also in our capacity to offer frequency and flexibility, which is vital to their supply chain.”

The service will operate to and from the iPort Rail terminal in Doncaster. Iport Rail’s managing director Steve Freeman said: “This is the third commercial service we have launched in under a year, underscoring the huge success iPort Rail has seen already and the growing demand for our services. With this new Teesport route in addition to Southampton and Felixstowe, and new partnership with PD Ports we are excited about the possibilities this brings to our customers and businesses across the North of England and Midlands.”