New supply route to open between UK and Europe
ProcurementLeaders.com - Oct 26th 2011, 09:53
A freight service between Barking, East London, and Wroclaw in Poland is due to be opened next month using the High Speed One route, according to the Financial Times.
The High Speed One route is the only one in the UK with high and wide enough bridges and tunnels to support the use of continental-sized trains, which will mean continental-sized containers will be used which are able to hold two pallets of goods stacked on one another rather than one, which is the case in UK-sized containers.
Alan Thauvette, chief executive of DB Schenker Rail UK, which is part of Germany's Deutsche Bahn and the UK's largest freight operator, told the Financial Times that "This is an important step for rail freight in Europe, as a new market has been developed and a new trading route opened."
The trains will run through the night and are expected to appeal to retailers, food distributors and the automotive industry who have previously relied upon lorries to transport goods to continental Europe.
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