Thousands of lorry movements will transfer from road to rail this year following the successful introduction of a freight train delivering intermodal containers from the Port of Tilbury to Cardiff.
The train, operated by UK rail freight company EWS in cooperation with Welsh Freight Forwarders FSEW, runs twice weekly, delivering containers to and from the Welsh capital. Geoff Tomlinson, managing director of FSEW, said: “We are proud to be using this new intermodal rail freight service, knowing our actions are helping to reduce road congestion and CO2 levels in Wales.”
David Cross, sales & marketing manager for EWS’s intermodal rail freight business, said: “This rail freight service was introduced during June in response to high demand for a Welsh connection to the Port of Tilbury and is now firmly established. With continuing high demand for EWS intermodal rail freight services, we see this train as being the first of many we will operate to Cardiff.”
The train operates return services from the Port of Tilbury to the Freightliner intermodal terminal in Cardiff two times a week and plans are being developed by EWS and FSEW to introduce a range of additional container trains serving Cardiff.