First China-UK freight train arrives in Barking

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The first freight train to connect China and the UK has completed its 12,000 km journey from Yiwu to Barking.

Arriving earlier today at DB Cargo’s Eurohub terminal, the milestone adds the UK to the list of destinations now served by the new China-Europe rail freight corridor.

The service was operated by the Switzerland’s InterRail Group for CRIMT – a subsidiary of China Railway Corp.

KTZ Express, a subsidiary of Kazakh Railways, was contracted for part of the journey, while DB Cargo and DB Cargo UK completed the final leg between Duisburg and London, via the Channel Tunnel.

It has taken the train 18 days to travel from Yiwu in China’s eastern province of Zhejiang to the UK – twice as fast as it would have taken by sea, according to DB Cargo.