GB Railfreight has started running a daily intermodal train from ABP Port of Southampton to Hams Hall.
The daily train runs from Solent Stevedores terminal at the Hampshire port to the Midlands. The five-year contract is with Wincanton, and trains will run Tuesday to Saturday.
The deal was awarded on October 20, and is significant because it is the second deep-sea port that GBRf now serves (a long-held ambition for the operator).
The first train left at 0239 on November 1, hauled by 66703 Doncaster PSB and with 34 platforms fully laden with containers
At the port, some £2.4 million has been invested to support the contract, with a new 5.8-acre facility operated by Solent Stevedores that halves turnaround times. ABP Southampton Director Alastair Welch said the improvements mean more containers can be handled, and that more trains can now serve the port.