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Peel port partners with DB cargo for first rail freight service

Peel Ports has partnered with the UK’s largest rail freight company, DB Cargo UK to provide a new rail service for containers via the Port of Liverpool for the first time.

The new service will provide shipping lines, forwarders, tank operators and cargo-owners with a seamless route between the quayside at Liverpool and Scotland.

The service is due to begin on 8 May, with goods loaded in Liverpool and transferred to Mossend terminal in Glasgow, before onward delivery to destinations across Scotland.

The returning service to Liverpool will carry Scottish goods for export, with a large portion destined for America. Scottish family-run company Walkers Shortbread, who produce 40,000 tons of biscuits every year, will be one of the first customers to use the new service, exporting 700 containers a year to America.

The new service will comprise up to 30 wagons and is expected to carry over 40 containers per trip. The service will initially run three days a week with DB Cargo UK providing the rail haulage.

Jouke Schaap, Container Director at Peel Ports, said: “This is an important milestone event for us and our partners, DB Cargo. We know that cargo owners are looking for more efficient ways of getting their goods from A to B, and this rail freight service provides them with a simpler, more cost effective and environmentally friendly way of doing that. It also underlines our commitment to working with our customers and the wider supply chain to transform UK logistics practices to ensure the door-to-door journey is optimised.”

Hans-Georg Werner, CEO from DB Cargo UK said: “We’re delighted to be working alongside Peel Ports on this exciting new initiative. Introducing express rail services between Liverpool and Mossend is a really sustainable solution, significantly reducing the need for HGVs to travel thousands of miles on our roads each week. Peel Ports’ vision to offer customers a seamless end-to-end service resonates with our own drive for higher standards of service and flexibility for our customers. We look forward to seeing our partnership grow in the years ahead.”

Andrew Stokes, Head of International Sales at Walkers Shortbread Ltd, said: “Increasing our logistics efficiency and reducing our road haulage miles are both key to our export strategy. The new rail service connecting Scotland with Liverpool provides us with direct, regular access to our gateway to America. We’re currently exporting around 700 containers of shortbread to the US each year, and hope to see this grow in years to come, in part thanks to the integrated route to market offered via Liverpool.”

The available train path capacity directly to and from the Port of Liverpool is currently amongst the highest of all major ports within the UK, providing expansion options for importers and exporters that also minimise cost, congestion and carbon emissions.For intermodal traffic, the port has W10 gauge clearance capability, allowing 9ft 6in containers to be conveyed on standard deck height rail wagons. The new rail service will complement Liverpool’s wider logistics offering, such as multi-user warehousing, as Peel Ports continues its strategy of creating a truly multi-modal logistics hub right in the heart of the UK and providing supply chain efficiency and reliability for our economy.

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Proposed Schedule

Depart Seaforth (Liverpool) Arrive Mossend (Glasgow)
SUN 14:15 23:00
TUE 14:15 23:00
THU 14:15 23:00
Depart Glasgow Arrive Liverpool
MON 03:00 08:30
WED 03:00 08:30
FRI 03:00 08:30


About Peel Ports and the Peel Group

Peel Ports Group is the UK’s second largest port group, owning and operating six of the UK’s most important ports (Liverpool, Heysham, Manchester Ship Canal, Medway (Sheerness / Chatham), Clydeport and Great Yarmouth). It also operates a container terminal in Dublin and owns BG Freight shipping line, which provides short sea container services between the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe and feeder services between the UK and Ireland.

Peel Ports handles 60million tonnes of cargo every year. 13% of the total UK major ports traffic flows through ports operated by the Group. Headquartered in Liverpool, it employs around 2,300 staff, and had revenue of £644m and EBITDA of £226m for the year ending 31 March 2017.

DB Cargo UK is the UK’s largest rail freight company.

It provides freight, infrastructure and passenger charter trains throughout England, Scotland and Wales and freight services to and from mainland Europe via the Channel Tunnel.

To offer customers a complete one-stop solution for rail freight transportation, it provides a full range of logistics, supply chain and associated services, including door-to-door deliveries, warehousing and terminal management.

This means customers can choose a single supplier to transport freight from ports and terminals to destinations throughout the UK, on time and with minimal environmental impact.


Source: Peel ports

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