The service now connects with existing EWS intermodal services from Manchester to Grangemouth in Scotland. This service offering is expected to increase the volume of mainland European manufactured goods transported into Scotland by rail, while high-value Scottish exports such as whisky can be transported on the return train to Germany, according to the company.
Duisburg is strategically important for UK businesses as it is the central logistics hub for the industrial heartland of Europe, allowing access to the German market and connecting with feeder services from Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Middle and Eastern European countries and Russia.
The service operates Tuesdays to Saturdays and is used by a range of customers, including bulk and tank operators. It also accomodates containers up to 9ft 6in with a maximum gross weight of 36 tonnes. This compares with a limit of 22 tonnes per container being moved by road from Duisburg to Britain.