PD Ports has struck a new deal which will link Teessport to a major rail freight terminal in Scotland.
DB Schenker Rail UK has collaborated with PD Ports in a completely new offering for the market, believed to be the first time that a rail freight company has partnered directly with a port to serve the Intermodal sector.
From Monday August 3, DB Schenker Rail UK will run a direct daily service (Monday to Friday) from PD Ports-owned Teesport in Middlesbrough to Mossend and Grangemouth in Scotland.
The onward leg to Grangemouth from Mossend has been enabled through close collaboration with Malcolm Logistics. The service will transport containerised traffic.
DB Schenker Rail UK, the country’s largest rail freight company, runs daily intermodal services across the UK connecting ports, terminals and distribution centres.
Its head of sales Les Morris said: “We are delighted to be working with PD Ports on this innovative and dynamic offering to the Intermodal market.
“We have worked closely with PD Ports to bring this service to fruition which will transport goods directly from Teesport to Scotland.
“This is an excellent example of how logistics companies can come together to provide bespoke solutions for our customers.”
Geoff Lippitt, PD Ports’ business development director, said: “This new service operated by DB Schenker Rail UK will allow us to further develop Teesport’s connections with Scotland and enhance the Port’s transport infrastructure network to the benefit of shipping lines and intermodal customers. It will also provide daily links to European ro-ro and lo-lo services.
“The recent investment in a dedicated rail terminal at Teesport is part of PD Ports’ wider growth strategy to position the Port as the Northern Gateway for containerised goods destined for the north of the UK.
“In the last three years we have seen the implementation of a new terminal operating system, the arrival of new RTG cranes and reach stackers as well as significant investment in yard infrastructure.”