Glasgow-based multimodal logistics provider John G Russell has contracted Eurotunnel rail freight subsidiary Europorte to run a Cross-Channel Intermodal rail service for its customers 2XL and Novatrans.
The flow, which will start this month, will comprise five trains per week between Dourges (near Lille) and Barking, transporting products for Procter & Gamble. The trains will travel through the Channel Tunnel and then up High Speed 1.
Groupe Eurotunnel SA described the contract as "a major step forward utilising a route that achieves European gauge capability, with a delivery right to the outskirts of London. This is further proof that the Atlantic Rail freight Corridor (ARC), which will link the Pyrenees to Dourges, should be extended through the Channel Tunnel to Great Britain to improve its profitability".
Groupe Eurotunnel SA went on to say: "This contract is a demonstration of the competitive option offered by cross-Channel rail freight compared to maritime routes. It shows the efficiencies that can be gained by reducing unnecessary ground handling whilst also limiting carbon emissions for transporters who are increasingly seeking an environmentally friendly alternative."