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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.”
Scott Sherratt, a train driver for Freightliner Ltd, nominated Hebden Green Community School and Specialist Arts College to receive a donation from the company as part of the Employee Charity Nomination Scheme.
The school, in Cheshire and West Chester, has about 100 pupils aged from between 2 – 19 years who have physical and medical difficulties. Physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, specialised information technology access and medical support are crucial to the development, health and welfare of many of the pupils on an everyday basis, and this is provided for within the curriculum planning. The school also has a residential facility which enables extended curricular opportunities for many of the pupils.
Scott Sherratt said that one of the reasons he choose the school charity was because they are currently raising money for apparatus and equipment for a newly opened room where the pupils can benefit from immersive learning. The room allows the pupils to interact with lights, film and images, and the money raised will go towards designing and implementing a specialist curriculum to ensure that pupils with the most complex needs are able to access the space purposefully.
He said; “The children and young adults who will use this multi-sensory room are severely disadvantaged through their difficulties. For the time they are in the sensory room, they can just enjoy the space and environment. To see these young people smiling and laughing is quite humbling considering what they go through day after day.”
Alison Ashley, the newly appointed head teacher, said “The Immersive Learning Space was built in 2011, relying upon substantial funding from charitable donations.
“However, to ensure that the space continues to make a lasting impact, we need to constantly improve and evolve our resources.
“Thanks to Scott and the Freightliner team, we will now be able to work closely with 4D, the company that built our space, to and produce an enriching and immersive curriculum, alongside additional staff training. The curriculum will be reinforced by bespoke lights, sounds and images which will be loaded into the space.
“We are extremely grateful to have the support from Freightliner and extend our sincere thanks to the Freightliner Group.”
Rotterdam-headquartered ERS was founded in 1994 as an intermodal rail freight operator and became licensed as a railway undertaking in 2002. Since then ERS Railways has developed into a strong European player within the continental, as well as maritime hinterland markets, continuing to focus on developing and expanding its intermodal services. ERS Railways provides maritime hinterland services from key European ports including Rotterdam, Hamburg, Bremerhaven, Lübeck and Rostock as well as continental European rail services for intermodal operators and forwarders. Corridors served run through continental Europe to various destinations in Italy, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic. ERS owns 47% of boxXpress.de GmbH, the Germany-based railway undertaking being active in German maritime hinterland traffics.
Both Freightliner in the UK and ERS in continental Europe have been significant service providers to Maersk Line for more than fifteen years and this relationship is strengthened further by the long-term contract entered into between Maersk Line and ERS Railways as part of the acquisition.
Announcing the acquisition, Peter Maybury, Chief Executive of Freightliner Group, said: “The acquisition of ERS is a very good fit with our growth strategy and further extends our profitable footprint, following our successful entry into the Polish and German bulk haul markets over the last seven years and our entry into Australia in 2009. The business has a strong management team who share our service-led approach, and we look forward to supporting them as ERS continues to grow its continental European intermodal services.”
Frank Schuhholz, Managing Director of ERS Railways who will continue to lead the business following the acquisition, said: “ERS Railways has successfully proven to be an important player on the European intermodal railway markets. We are welcoming Freightliner Group as our new shareholder who allows us not only to foster our strong relationship with Maersk Line in the long term but also to expand into new markets which creates value for our customers and our new shareholder.”
Confirming the sale, Soren Toft, Vice President from Maersk Line said: “This new set-up provides us with the opportunity to continue our long term contractual relationship with both companies as well as to develop our key European markets. I am confident that Freightliner is a good owner of ERS Railways, while Maersk Line can focus even stronger on developing our current and future deep sea liner network in Europe and other parts of the world.”
Financial details of the transaction will not be disclosed.
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