DP World UK has announced that its two deep-water ports at Southampton and London Gateway have become the first in the country capable of handling Freightliner’s new 775 metre intermodal container trains – further cementing the critical role of the smart logistics hubs in Britain’s international supply chain.
The longest in use on the national rail network, the new 775 metre trains are 250 metres longer than a typical freight train and carry between 12 and 14 additional containers on each service, generating significant cost and environmental benefits for customers transporting goods to and from the ports.
The trains – which are the length of more than seven football pitches - depart the freight rail terminals at Southampton and London Gateway every working day of the week to Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds respectively carrying a range of goods.
Ernst Schulze, Chief Executive of DP World UK, said: “I am delighted that our customers at both Southampton and London Gateway will be the first in the country to benefit from the increased productivity and efficiency of these new 775 metre trains.
"Both ports already have a high degree of rail interconnectivity, with Southampton having the highest proportion of containers moved by train in the UK at more than 30 per cent and London Gateway aiming to achieve similar levels.