Freight News, Rail

UK aid train on its way to Ukraine

[ April 14, 2022   //   ]

UK Rail for Ukraine, a cross-industry volunteer initiative has sent its first aid train on a special DB Cargo service.

It is carrying more than 1,500 tonnes including non-perishable food, hygiene and medical products, basic living equipment, and other much-needed supplies donated from a wide range of businesses and organisations following requests for aid from the Ukrainian authorities.

Transported in 24 shipping containers over a 500-meter train, the aid has been labelled in three languages to assist with distribution when it arrives at its destination.

Ambassador Vadym Prystaiko, Ukraine’s Ambassador to the UK said “I am expressing my gratitude to the UK Railway industry and everyone who contributed to the UK Rail for Ukraine initiative. We greatly appreciate your support during such challenging times. Despite the complexity of the logistic routes, the industry managed to organize a delivery directly to the places of greatest need in Ukraine.

“In addition to the humanitarian aid gathered by volunteers from different businesses and organizations, UK Railway facilitated the delivery of 21 powerful industrial generators purchased by the Ukrainian Embassy which are imperative for Ukraine’s energy sector.”

Chief executive officer of DB Cargo UK, Andrea Rossi, said “Across Europe, DB Cargo is already leading the way in delivering humanitarian aid by rail to the Ukraine, having recently developed the first rail bridge to the war-torn region. Here in the UK, we are pleased to be able to support the ongoing aid effort to deliver essential supplies to ease the suffering of the Ukrainian people impacted and displaced by the atrocities that are unfolding.”