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New rail freight services between London Gateway and East Midlands

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Maritime Transport has launched its tenth rail service and is now operating five trains a week between DP World London Gateway (LGP) and its terminal at East Midlands Gateway (EMG).

Each of the five weekday services can carry 34 containers and is hauled by DB Cargo.

Three other services already run daily from EMG, including two to the Port of Felixstowe, hauled by DB Cargo UK and Freightliner, and one to the Port of Southampton, hauled by GB Railfreight.

Three locomotives at East Midlands Gateway.
John Bailey, Maritime.

Announcing the new LGP – EMG service, Maritime’s managing director – intermodal and terminals, John Bailey, commented: ‘We continue to see remarkable growth in our rail volumes which truly reflects our ability to deliver highly-efficient and reliable services to our customers and their businesses.

“We are delighted to announce this new service which opens up another transport route to the East Midlands region, and look forward to seeing the significant environmental and cost-saving benefits it will bring.”

News of the new service comes just weeks after Maritime announced its acquisition of Wincanton Container Logistics. Under the deal, which came into full effect on 17 October, all employees and assets have been transferred to Maritime, which will continue to work with Wincanton plc as a strategic partner, supporting a number of Wincanton’s customers’ international supply chains. The combined business has created a road fleet of 2,000 vehicles, 3,000 employees and 37 transport and container depots across the UK.

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