A NEW rail freight service has been launched between the Port of Liverpool and Birmingham.
The service will be operated by shipping firm DKT Allseas.
The company had initially set up a temporary sea route between China and Liverpool, known as the China Xpress liner service, which proved so popular it has increased sailings and led to the decision to create a new inland freight rail link.
DKT Allseas hope it will alleviate some of the pressures to get goods across the country in the most efficient way by providing a “cheaper, faster, more reliable and more sustainable solution.”
Peel Ports managing director David Huck, said: “We have worked with DKT Allseas since February this year and since its inception, the China Xpress liner service has gone from strength to strength over a very short period.
“Launched as a temporary supply chain critical service, fast forward nine months and we are delighted to see this now part of an established route positioning the Port of Liverpool as a viable call for Far East services.”
DKT Allseas managing director Darren Wright said: “The China Xpress service was the first of its kind to offer a direct service call, providing a gateway from the Far East direct into the heart of the UK’s cargo owning community.
“An initiative born out of necessity and frustration to provide relief to customers facing increased ocean freight rates and reduced reliability due to the knock-on impacts of the global pandemic.
“As those frustrations permeate the UK with the widely publicised HGV driver shortages, this new rail service further enhances the China Xpress by providing another tangible logistics solution to our customers.
“Another significant upside is the amount of traffic this service will remove from road further enhancing Allseas approach to sustainable logistics.”