DB Schenker Rail has been awarded a two year contract by container shipping company CMA CGM to deliver over 25,000 containers per year.
Three trains a day, operating five times a week, will deliver containers in each direction from the Port of Southampton to inland terminals at Birmingham, Manchester Trafford Park and Wakefield.
These trains will also be able to convey the industry standard sized 9ft 6″ containers following the completion of clearance works on the rail route from the Port of Southampton to accommodate them.
Volumes are however expected to exceed the initial level of 25,000 containers a year as CMA CGM and DB Schenker Rail will jointly work on developing opportunities to introduce additional freight trains as demand requires.
The agreement is the largest UK container contract ever signed by DB Schenker Rail and reflects the position the company has gained as a major supplier to this market.
Graham Fraser, Chief Executive Officer of CMA CGM (UK), said:
“Rail freight is a key component of our shipping supply chain in the UK. We chose DB Schenker Rail due to their flexibility and genuine desire to help us get more from rail. We look forward to developing our new partnership with them and in seeking ways to introduce additional services during the lifetime of the contract.”