Peel Ports has announced a partnership with DB Cargo UK to provide a rail service for containers via the Port of Liverpool.
The service will provide shipping lines, forwarders, tank operators and cargo-owners with a seamless route between the quayside at Liverpool and Scotland.
From 8 May, goods loaded in Liverpool can be transferred to the Mossend terminal in Glasgow, before onward delivery to destinations across Scotland.
The returning service to Liverpool will carry Scottish goods for export, with a large portion destined for the US. Scottish family-run company Walkers Shortbread, which produces 40,000 tons of biscuits every year, will be one of the first customers, exporting 700 containers a year to America.
The service is expected to carry more than 40 containers per trip, and will initially run three days a week with DB Cargo UK providing the rail haulage.
Jouke Schaap, container director at Peel Ports, said: “This is a milestone event for us and DB Cargo. We know that cargo owners are looking for more efficient ways of getting their goods from A to B, and this rail freight service provides them with a simpler, more cost effective and environmentally friendly way of doing that.
“It also underlines our commitment to working with our customers and the wider supply chain to transform UK logistics practices to ensure the door-to-door journey is optimised.”
Hans-Georg Werner, chief executive of DB Cargo UK, the country’s largest operator, said: “Introducing express rail services between Liverpool and Mossend is a really sustainable solution, significantly reducing the need for HGVs to travel thousands of miles on our roads each week.”
The available train path capacity directly to and from the Port of Liverpool is currently among the highest of all major ports within the UK, providing expansion options for importers and exporters, Peel said.
The group is currently progressing the second phase of the Liverpool 2 container port, the deep water facility that has been operational since November 2016.