The new daily container service operated by GB Railfreight (GBRf), runs between the Port of Felixstowe and BIFT and is the latest rail path to be released by Hutchison Ports, the owners of the port. The 31st path is the only service between Felixstowe and BIFT and will connect the port and the large manufacturing and consumer conurbation in the West Midlands.
"BIFT is an important strategic freight interchange in the West Midlands and we are delighted that GBRf has chosen our rail terminal for their new service," said John Williams, Group Managing Director, Maritime Transport.
GBRf, part of Groupe Eurotunnel through Europorte, will operate 33-wagon trains initially, increasing to 45, following an order for new 15 Ecofret triple-platform wagons. This will represent a capacity increase of more than a third and will enable GBRf to continue to serve the demand for 40ft HC containers.
“The new service is an important new intermodal link between Britain's biggest port and the Midlands” "We are very pleased to have been awarded the 31st rail path [which is also GBRf's 7th over Felixstowe] by Hutchison Ports and to be able to offer a new service to BIFT," said John Smith, Chief Executive Officer, GB Railfreight. "Maritime operate a fantastic facility in a great location in the West Midlands and we look forward to working with them to deliver a first class service for our customers."
The service will operate from Monday to Friday, calling at BIFT at 17:45. The cut off time for export bookings is 17:00, which will provide flexibility for exporters in the West Midlands to load with an afternoon local haulage collection.The first train at BIFT arrived and departed on schedule on 2nd September. Last year inland moves by rail over Felixstowe came to almost 900,000 TEU.
BIFT was acquired by Maritime as part of its purchase of Roadways in August 2014.