DB Cargo UK and its sister company Transfesa Logistics have successfully launched a new express 72-hour rail service to transport essential hygiene, medical and food products from the terminals in Valencia and Murcia to London.
To respond to the needs of fleets with special characteristics, such as those for perishable supplies, this type of traffic is carried out in refrigerated boxes, thus expanding the activity that Transfesa Logistics had so far operated on a national and international scale.
Currently, these lines serve various companies in the sector to transport fruits and vegetables. The objective is to develop these railway operations with a daily train. For this purpose, a lighter box, of the UNIT 45 type, has been incorporated, which allows around 30 containers per train to be moved. In this way, more products can be included, and the capacity of each operation can be expanded.
Bernd Hullerum, chief executive officer, Transfesa Logistics, commented: “This is another step in the development of our international corridors, thus expanding services to a strategic segment. In Valencia we have also just opened a 2000m² warehouse for food products. The railway is, now more than ever, the most sustainable and reliable means of transport.”
The new services operate into DB Cargo UK’s Barking Intermodal Terminal in London which is strategically connected to the High Speed 1 (HS1) rail link. Rail freight is one of the most sustainable modes of transport, emitting less CO2 with each of these rail services removing 30 HGVs from the road network.
Hans-Georg Werner, chief executive officer, DB Cargo UK, added: “DB Cargo UK are delighted to be working with our DB Cargo group partners at Transfesa Logistics to deliver essential rail freight services across the continent in these challenging times. Rail freight has a vital role to play in the sustainable transportation of international goods and it’s more important than ever that we ensure these supplies reach the UK.”