GB Railfreight (GBRf) has launched a new service from the Port of Felixstowe to iPort Rail, a new 30-acre multimodal logistics park in Doncaster.
GBRf are responsible for all freight services currently using iPort Rail and this new service, which operates Tuesday-Saturday, marks its 16th intermodal service to date.
iPort and GBRf have an established relationship together as, when the Doncaster facility opened in September 2018, the rail freight company operated the first commercial service to arrive at the terminal.
Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, said: “This new Felixstowe service highlights the growth iPort Rail is experiencing since welcoming its first commercial service late last year, and the increasing significance of our facility to national and international supply chains.”
Developed by European logistics specialist Verdion, iPort is home to several major companies including Amazon, CEVA, Fellows and Lidl.
The facility is located next to Junction 3 of the M18 motorway in South Yorkshire with 87% of the UK population within a four-hour drive of its terminal.
Clemence Cheng, CEO at the Port of Felixstowe and executive director of Hutchison Ports, said: “More and more companies are looking for sustainable transport options and ways to avoid an increasingly crowded road network.
“The Port of Felixstowe is uniquely placed to meet those demands and already offers a wide range of intermodal rail freight services to key UK destinations.”
Nearly 1.5m teu moves between Felixstowe and locations in the Northern Powerhouse region every year and the new connection offers businesses in this region a greater choice of ways to get their goods to market.
Regular rail services run from Felixstowe to Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Teespot, Birmingham, Birch Coppice, Doncaster, Selby, Hams Hall, Wakefield, Ditton, Rotherham and Cardiff.
GBRf carries one third of all containerised rail traffic to and from the Port of Felixstowe and the new service represents the company’s rapid expansion into the intermodal market over the past 18 months.
John Smith, managing director of GBRf, said: “Our growth in intermodal speaks to GBRf’s commitment to innovation, offering flexible and innovative door-to-door solutions that meet our customer’s needs, as well as a consistently reliable service.
“This is why customers work with us again and again, GBRf are the industry’s trusted intermodal character.”