The new service is operated by GB Railfreight and runs between the Port of Felixstowe and the DB Cargo rail depot in Rotherham, where the terminal operator is container haulier and logistics specialist Newell & Wright Transport.
John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight, said: “We are delighted to be working with both the port and terminal operator Newell & Wright Transport in delivering this important new service to the DB Cargo site at Rotherham.
“The 33rd daily train represents GB Railfreight’s eighth intermodal flow from the Port of Felixstowe, and our second new service from Felixstowe this past year. With the help of our newly ordered Ecofret triple wagons, ultimately the train will have 45 wagons, allowing us to increase our capacity at the port and across the network.
“Following the decline of core commodities such as coal and steel, it is important that we continue to look for growth opportunities in alternative markets such as intermodal. The introduction of this new flow highlights the benefits rail freight traffic brings to our intermodal customers, and the intention of the port and GB Railfreight to ensure the long-term competitiveness and viability of the industry.”
Frank Newell, Managing Director of , said: "As a well-established container haulier for over 40 years and working with most major shipping lines, we could see there was a gap in the market for a rail terminal in the Yorkshire area. Opening/operating our first rail terminal in Rotherham gives us further opportunities with our customer base.
Less than two months ago Freightliner launched its 23rd daily rail service from the Port of Felixstowe, increasing the total number of daily trains from the port to 32. This service has been handled up to now by Newell & Wright at the DB Cargo depot in Rotherham, but will ultimatley operate over the Freightliner Rail Port at Doncaster (formerly Doncaster International Railport) after development work has finished at the site.