Maritime Transport and DB Cargo partnership to increase UK rail freight capacity

Two of the UK’s largest freight operators have announced plans to combine their expertise to increase rail freight capacity and competition in the intermodal market.

After reaching an agreement in principle with DB Cargo UK, Maritime Transport Ltd. (Maritime) has announced the launch of a new division – “Maritime Intermodal” – which will initially contract four dedicated services out of Felixstowe and Southampton.

Maritime is currently ‘Road Haulier of the Year’ and DB Cargo UK is ‘Rail Freight Operator of the Year’. The long-term agreement will enable each organisation to operate to its strengths, driving up service and efficiency, which will result in increased intermodal capacity and growth in rail freight.

Under the terms of the proposed agreement:

  • DB Cargo UK will be contracted to run Maritime Intermodal’s rail operations out of Felixstowe and Southampton.
  • Maritime Intermodal will take on responsibility for DB Cargo UK’s terminals in Trafford Park, Manchester and Wakefield in West Yorkshire, thus strengthening the road haulier’s national network of strategic hubs.
  • Maritime Intermodal is committed to significant investment in both equipment and groundworks at the two sites, improving terminal turnaround times whilst also increasing container storage capacities. The terminals will remain open-access to both intermodal and non-intermodal services.
  • Maritime Intermodal will retain existing services and seek additional services from all UK ports with all freight operating companies....
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