Railways News 11-2017
To London Thamesport by rail
DB Cargo UK delivers steel coil to the expanded port
The British rail freight company DB Cargo UK has operated the first ever rail service to Armitt Group’s new handling facility at Hutchinson Ports London Thamesport. The first train, carrying steel coil, arrived in mid-August.
“We are delighted that, with this train, we’ve shown once again the excellent rail freight services we offer to the British steel industry and its logistics partners,” said Sonia Hampton, Account Manager Metals at DB Cargo UK. The 1,000-tonne trailing weight originated from the Tata Steel plant in South Wales and was transported onwards from Thamesport to customers across Europe.
Thamesport was built in 1990 on the Isle of Grain near Rochester, to the south of London. It became a deep-water port in 2001 and is connected to the national rail network via a single-track line. It now has a capacity of 635,000 TEU standard containers.
Allan Seedhouse, Managing Director at Armitt Group, said: “The Armitt Group is delighted to have delivered a long awaited ‘deep sea’ rail connected Specialist Steel Terminal as the first part of our three terminal strategy to provide a complete supply chain solution to the UK steel industry.” (an)