A new intermodal train service connecting DP World’s container
terminals in the United Kingdom, at London
Gateway and Southampton,
is expected to boost the resilience of the customers’ supply chains and enable
them to switch volumes quickly and easily between the two UK locations.
train takes up to 120 lorries a week off the roads and cuts carbon emissions by
up to 80%, according to DP World,
which is planning to increase the frequency of the train next year.
This, along with other recent investments, is intended
to reduce motorway congestion, with a total of 300,000 trucks removed from UK
roads each year.
John Trenchard, UK Commercial &
Supply Chain Director of DP World,
commented, “This new rail service will make it even easier for our customers to
switch volumes quickly and easily between the two locations, which means
greater flexibility and choice.”
He added, “After the disruption of recent years,
shipping lines and cargo owners are looking for capacity, reliability and
growth opportunities. We are providing it, enabling customers to move goods
smoothly and efficiently in and out of the UK and across their supply chains.”
DP World runs UK’s logistics hubs at London Gateway
and Southampton, two deep water ports with access to freight rail terminals,
and a rapidly expanding logistics park on the doorstep of the capital.
Between the two terminals, DP World moved a record
volume of cargo in the first half of the year, with a combined total of 1.93
construction project is supporting 1,000 jobs and the port-centric logistics
park will employ a further 12,000 people when it is completed in five years’ time. DP World has also earmarked a
further US$1.21 billion of investment in the UK over the next 10 years.