HomeBusinessPort of Sunderland back in the rail freight business

Port of Sunderland back in the rail freight business


A new freight service from the Port of Sunderland to Wolverhampton, which has transported almost 3,000 tonnes of steel coil for new-to-rail company Marcegaglia, is also the first time that rail freight has operated at the Tyne and Wear port in over 20 years.

Marcegaglia is the largest independent global operator in the steel processing industry and the largest precision tube manufacturer in Great Britain, with facilities in Dudley in the West Midlands and Rotherham in South Yorkshire.

DB Cargo has trialled the new service for Marcegaglia, with two trains leaving Port of Sunderland in June 2021.

The new service, which has run twice during June and is operated by DB Cargo, removed the need for more than 120 HGV movements, thereby reducing congestion on the UK road network and carbon emissions.

Matthew Hunt, Port of Sunderland.

The first train consisted of 21 wagons, each loaded with six 15-tonne steel coils, hauled by a Class 60 locomotive.  As it pulled out of the port on 22 June 2021, Matthew Hunt, director at Port of Sunderland, said: “It is fantastic to see a commercial cargo train being loaded in the port again, this is something we have been working towards for some time and the team here have been working hard to have the port’s rail connections ready for such an operation.

“Loading cargo to trains can bring many advantages. This train alone removes the need for over 60 truckloads of cargo from our roads – not only does this provide a cost saving for the customer, but it significantly reduces the road miles, congestion and most importantly, the carbon emissions associated with so many traffic movements.”

Roger Neary, DB Cargo UK.

Port of Sunderland, which is owned by Sunderland City Council, continues to see growth across all of its key market sectors. Cargo volumes are on the rise and shipping movements are now at a level not experienced for many years, with approximately 206 arrivals and departures in the last 100 days alone.

Roger Neary, DB’s head of sales, added: “Marcegaglia is a prestigious addition to DB’s portfolio of customers in the steel sector and further strengthens our reputation as the biggest mover of metal products in the UK.”


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest news

Boost for regional transport in upcoming budget

It looks likely that Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce a £5.7 billion investment into sustainable transport settlements for city regions in his Autumn Budget...

TSSA members vote to accept ScotRail pay offer

The TSSA has called off its dispute with ScotRail, with its members having voted to accept a new pay offer. The TSSA says the offer...

Passengers give rail a thumbs up in latest survey

Nearly ninety per cent of rail passengers said they were satisfied with their last journey, according to a new survey by watchdog Transport Focus. The...
- Advertisement -

More news

Rail museum holds consultation on major plans

The National Railway Museum will house a consultation on plans for a new Central Hall as part of its vision as the cultural heart...

TfL bodycam video results in assault conviction

Uxbridge Magistrates have sentenced a woman to a 12-month community order and 35 rehabilitation activity requirement days following a physical assault on two Transport...

Portishead line reopening delayed

A decision as to whether the Portishead line will return to life has been delayed by the government. North Somerset District Council had applied for...