PD Ports has celebrated the success of its second daily rail freight connection to Scotland, with an official locomotive naming ceremony at Teesport.
Five years after the launch of the Company’s Intermodal Rail Terminal at Teesport, the investment has taken the port from strength to strength, with Teesport now offering more daily connections to Scotland than any other port in the North, following a second Scottish service being added, due to customer demand.
The ceremony celebrated PD Ports’ commitment to rail freight and customer service.
Attended by senior representatives from the service’s key partners including DB Cargo, ECS Containers and P&O Ferries, the event saw the unveiling of the newly co-branded PD Ports and DB Cargo locomotive, which was officially named the ‘Teesport Express’.
PD’s CEO Frans Calje said: “The loco naming is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the great progress we’ve made and outline our plans for the future. Continuing to expand and strengthen our rail freight offering is important to us as rail provides vital UK connections for our customers and delivers environmental and cost-saving benefits.
“We’d like to thank our partners who have worked with us to make this service possible, and we look forward to a strong, ongoing relationship.
“These partnerships have laid the foundation for us to integrate our services, allowing us to offer faster and more frequent transit between Scotland and the continent to benefit our customers.”
Hans-Georg Werner, CEO from DB Cargo UK, said: “We are delighted to celebrate such a significant milestone alongside our partners PD Ports.
“We originally started out running just one service for PD Ports to our terminals at Mossend and Grangemouth in Scotland, however demand was such that in October last year we agreed to run a second service as well.”
Nick Pank, P&O Ferries’ head of freight added: “This announcement represents another major step forward in the service we can offer our customers, for whom Teesport is the most reliable way to transport goods to or from northern Britain.
“The 15-hour sailing is more cost efficient than more northerly routes and by integrating our timetable with PD Ports’ expanded rail links to Scotland we can guarantee an unrivalled service to anyone with logistics requirements to or from Glasgow and Edinburgh.”