Friday 17 January 2014
HS1 Ltd and DB Schenker Rail (UK) this week announced additional freight services along High Speed 1 from Monday the 13 January 2014. The services will carry refrigerated containers of perishable foodstuffs and automotive components from Valencia, Spain to Barking and Dagenham in east London (via the Channel Tunnel).
The additional services are a welcome move in the right direction for HS1, which has been working behind the scenes with UK and European rail freight operators to help them identify new markets and new paths across HS1 and into Europe.
DB Schenker Rail (UK)'s track access contract with HS1 for these additional services is initially for 6 months, with both parties intending this to continue.
HS1 allows DB Schenker Rail (UK) to convey goods through the Channel Tunnel using European-sized wagons, opening up new freight and logistics markets.
Nicola Shaw from HS1 said: "HS1 is delighted to welcome additional DB Schenker Rail (UK) freight services onto the high speed line. This is a big step up for freight on HS1, and is an area in which we continue to grow.
"The new contract demonstrates the value of the high speed network in the UK. Due to size dimensions of the freight, it is something that can only be carried in the UK on the high speed network, offering the shipper a seamless European rail service.
"We enjoy a good relationship with DB Schenker Rail (UK) and have always maintained that a partnership approach is crucial to the long term success of the HS1."
Neil McDonald, Head of Sales for DB Schenker Rail (UK) said: "DB Schenker Rail (UK) is pleased to further contribute to the growth of freight traffic on HS1. The additional services from Spain will add to an already successful operation of twice weekly return services to/from Poland.
"DB Schenker Rail (UK) has a strong positive relationship with HS1 which allows us to offer new and existing customers the opportunity of transporting goods to and from mainland Europe in wagons which are too large to be conveyed on the UK national network.
"These additional trains will further demonstrate the benefits of using the High Speed 1 rail route to trade with mainland Europe.
"DB Schenker Rail (UK) looks forward to building on its already successful relationship with HS1 to add further services in the future."