GB Railfreight has started a new service between the Port of Felixstowe and iPort Rail in Doncaster, Yorkshire, marking the company’s continued expansion into the Intermodal market.
The service will run each way five days a week, and represents GBRf’s 16th intermodal service to date, following rapid expansion into the market over the past 18 months. "The service is demonstrative of the highly valued relationships GBRf maintains with its partners," stated Managing Director, John Smith. "GBRf trains now carry one third of all containerised rail traffic to and from the Port of Felixstowe."
As the latest GBRf service into iPort Rail, it also strengthens a newer relationship, which began when GBRf was the first commercial service to arrive at the newly opened facility in September 2018. At the moment GBRf is the sole customer of iPort Rail, where handling is performed by two Sany 4535 reach stackers.
Steve Freeman, Managing Director of iPort Rail, said: “This new Felixstowe service highlights the growth iPort Rail is experiencing since welcoming its first commercial service late last year, and the increasing significance of our facility to national and international supply chains.”
“Being part of Verdion’s iPort multimodal logistics hub means that 87 per cent of the UK population is within a four-hour drive of our terminal, with easy access to the national motorway network and sea transport links as well as rail freight routes increase.
“The terminal already handles several hundred tonnes of goods daily, and we are excited that our expansion story is set to benefit businesses across the country even further.”
Clemence Cheng, CEO at the Port of Felixstowe and Executive Director of Hutchison Ports, said: “More and more companies are looking for sustainable transport options and ways to avoid an increasingly crowded road network. The Port of Felixstowe is uniquely placed to meet those demands and already offers a wide range of intermodal rail freight services to key UK destinations.
Cheng added that nearly 1.5M TEU of moves are made between Felixstowe and the North every year.