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Freightliner Heavy Haul Ltd is the first freight operator to use new Doncaster North Chord for commercial use
Freightliner’s Immingham to Ferrybridge service passed over the completed Network Rail project at around 1pm.
Martin Wilks, Director of Coal Services for Freightliner Heavy Haul said: “We welcome the opening of the Doncaster North Chord as an important new addition to Network Rail’s infrastructure. This is an important project which gives freight trains a clear run towards the power stations, without incurring the performance risk of crossing the busy East Coast Main Line, and will improve the service we can offer to our customers. The movement of coal to generate electricity is vital in keeping the UK’s lights switched on. Over 35 per cent of UK-consumed electricity is generated by coal moved by rail.”
The report, which was compiled using data prepared by accountancy firm KPMG, states that since rail freight was opened up to private competition and investment in the mid-nineties, trains carry an average of 50% more cargo than 10 years ago. This is a business sector that generates more than £1.5 billion in economic benefits for UK Plc through improved productivity and reducing road congestion to keep traffic moving. As the first operator to introduce the PowerHaul Class 70 locomotive to the UK, Freightliner has been able to utilise longer, more efficient trains to serve its customers’ increasing demand for volume and speed of delivery.
The report highlights that last year more than 7.6million road journeys were saved by transporting goods by rail, the equivalent of around 7,000 HGVs driving from London to Edinburgh every day.
To read the published report in full, or to download a copy, visit www.raildeliverygroup.com/?p=50
This news follows recent announcements by Hapag Lloyd and Hamburg Sud that each company will commence shipping calls at London Gateway from May 2014.
Freightliner’s new daily services will run to six UK destinations from London Gateway’s new railhead facility, namely; Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow.
Freightliner Limited’s Commercial Director, Keith Gray said: “We have moved quickly to meet the demands of our cusotmers as a result of their decision to ship to London Gateway. These planned daily services are tailored to meet the expected customer demand and are designed to allow flexibility and room for growth in the future.”
Serving Hillebrand Group, we are running the service to Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT).
A second service will arrive from Bristol at 6pm into the port for loading before departing back to the South West at around 11pm.
Adam Cunliffe, Managing Director of Freightliner Ltd said: "Hillebrand Group is a valued customer and we welcome the opportunity to provide them with their inaugural service from London Gateway. I am delighted we are able to provide the first train service and I look forward to welcoming London Gateway into our intermodal network."
The formation was endorsed by the Rail Delivery Group after a framework and set of strategy
objectives were agreed by the Rail Delivery Group's Freight Group; with a view to delivering a sustainable and flourishing rail freight sector in the UK:
• Delivering whole-industry cost savings,
• Developing 'smarter use' of the network, and
• A sustainable charging framework for freight.
Peter Maybury, Chair of the RDG Freight Group said : "The creation of The Rail Freight Alliance is an important step-forward for the rail freight sector. The Alliance will give the rail freight sector a stronger voice in the rail industry and give an opportunity to resolve some significant issues that remain for the sector."
Paul McMahon, Freight Director, Network Rail said: "I'm delighted that The Rail Freight Alliance has been agreed . Greater collaboration between the operators and Network Rail will enable us all to better address the challenges and the opportunities that the sector faces in the next five years and beyond."
Freightliner Group has today announced that Russell Mears will be appointed as Group Chief Executive from Monday 30 September 2013. He will succeed Peter Maybury, who will retire from the position of Chief Executive but remain with the Company as Chairman.
Russell is currently Chief Financial Officer for the Group and has worked with Freightliner since privatisation in 1996. Confirming the announcement of his appointment, Russell said: “I am delighted to take the position of CEO at Freightliner. I believe that with the strength of management at all levels of the business, we have the potential to not only maintain a strong UK market presence, but also develop international opportunities that will enable us to continue our successful growth as a global rail freight player.” Russell went on to say: “I want to offer my thanks to Peter for the way in which he has guided Freightliner Group during the last four years despite a very challenging macro-economic climate. In that time we have continued to invest in equipment and infrastructure at ports and terminals to maintain our competitiveness in the UK market whilst continuing with our overseas expansion and delivering exceptional service delivery to our customers. I look forward to his continued support in his new role with the company as Chairman.”
Peter, who joined Freightliner in 1997, worked within the Group’s intermodal business as Managing Director before being appointed as Chief Executive in July 2009. He offered his congratulations to Russell saying: “Russell knows the company inside out and has proved his credentials in readiness for an appointment such as this. With his first-class financial acumen and attention to detail, I know Freightliner is in safe hands and will continue to flourish despite the challenging trading conditions that exist in all the markets we serve. I wish him every success for the future.”
Thor Johnsen, who manages the Freightliner investment on behalf of Freightliner’s shareholders and is stepping down as interim Chairman said: “We look forward to continuing to work with Peter and Russell in their new roles, and are excited about the exciting growth opportunities in the business. We also want to thank Peter for his contribution in guiding Freightliner to becoming a premier global rail-freight operator.”
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