GBRf launches new Southampton to East Midlands intermodal service

GBRf launches new Southampton to East Midlands intermodal service

Rail freight operator GB Railfreight has launched a new intermodal service from the Port of Southampton to East Midlands Gateway in Derby. 

This new service marks GBRf’s continued expansion in the intermodal market. The new service will run 5 days a week and represents GBRf’s 20th intermodal service to date.

SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway’s 50-acre intermodal terminal, managed by Maritime Transport, operates 24/7 and is able to accommodate up to sixteen 775m freight trains per day. It also provides storage capacity for over 5,000 TEU - which is equal to approximately 45,000 pallets of cargo.

GBRf are able to offer both loaded and empty storage and final-mile delivery, in order to provide a seamless ‘door to door’ opportunity with a combination of rail and road resources. This new service offers the market an additional rail destination and cost-effective transport solution.

The news follows GBRf’s recent announcement that the company is set to start operations at its new intermodal sidings at Peterborough. The investment provides GBRf with much needed track capacity – which will be doubled – in order to facilitate the business’ growing intermodal sector.  

John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight, the UK’s third largest rail freight operator. said: “I am thrilled to see the beginning of this new service. Our growth in intermodal shows GBRf’s dedication to innovation, offering flexible door-to-door solutions that meet our customers’ needs, as well as a consistently reliable service. We are very proud of the hard work that has been put in to be the industry’s trusted intermodal carrier.

“Today’s announcement also reconfirms GBRf as the rail freight company leading the way to grow the sector at a time of unprecedented economic challenge. In light of the COVID-19 crisis we are redoubling our efforts to put the UK back on track, while also doing our bit to decarbonise our economy.”

Stuart Cullen, Executive Chairman of Solent Stevedores, which operates the intermodal rail terminal located at 109 berth, said:  “Our rail terminal at the Port of Southampton was significantly upgraded last year increasing our capacity and efficiency and we are delighted to welcome an additional service from GBRf. Now with eight daily intermodal services from the Port of Southampton, this news further strengthens our position as a UK leading rail terminal operator.” 

John Bailey, Managing Director – Intermodal and Terminals at Maritime Transport, said: “We are thrilled to be kicking off the next chapter of our intermodal journey; extending our offering at EMG to provide UK businesses with even more ways of moving their goods from A to B at a time when the country begins its return to a new normal. We are incredibly proud of what our drivers and staff have achieved in such a short space of time; meeting our customers’ needs and unique requirements is at the very heart of what we do, and we look forward to providing additional services in the near future.”