DB Schenker Rail has agreed to provide rail services from day one at the London Gateway deep-sea port and logistics park, which opens in Q4 2013.

The news follows a recent announcement that freight forwarder Uniserve will be the first major logistics tenant on the site. Essex-based logistics provider The Finishing Line has also said (click here) that it favours London Gateway over rival port Felixstowe.

The German rail operator will run four 700-metre daily freight trains from the hub, which it claims is likely to become the UK’s busiest rail freight terminal.

DB Schenker Rail will also pursue the development of rail freight services from London Gateway to mainland Europe using the Channel Tunnel.

Carsten Hinne, Managing Director Logistics for DB Schenker Rail UK, said: "London Gateway is the most significant logistics project in the intermodal sector, and it will be home to the largest rail freight terminal in the UK. The services which we will launch at London Gateway will be the first of many freight trains that we will operate from the port, forming a strong rail freight network across the UK and mainland Europe for customers.

It is claimed the trains will help avoid over 4,000 lorry movements per week.

Simon Moore, Chief Executive Officer for DP World London Gateway, added: “Rail freight services to and from London Gateway will provide a reliable, easy and efficient movement of goods between the port and the major population centres in the UK, while reducing the carbon footprint for cargo owners.

“We believe rail will be more competitive from London Gateway than any other UK port destination.”

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