New Madrid to London freight train service begins thanks to Tesco

This month, Transfesa Logistics will begin a new express freight train service to the UK using refrigerated containers.

Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket chain, has partnered with Transfesa Logistics to transport fruit and vegetables from Spain to the UK.


Fifteen trains a week will run from Almussafes Rail Terminal in Valencia to Barking Rail Terminal in London.


Barking Rail Terminal is operated by DB Cargo (the same group which operates Transfesa Logistics). On the route, the wagons will pass through the Transfesa axle changing facility at the Cerbère to adapt the axles to UIC gauge.


The route and operation will be reviewed weekly and monthly, and the volume may expand depending on the performance of the service.


The train will depart at 8 pm, so the fresh produce can be collected on the same day as departure, meaning the maximum quality of the food is guaranteed.


Additionally, permits have been requested to increase the weight of the cargo that is being transported on HS1 in the UK, with the goal to maximise the transit time.


Source: Rail Advent