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As lockdown restrictions ease and we start to consider travelling again, the future of cross-Channel operator Eurostar remains uncertain.
Eurostar is seeking financial support from the UK Government, citing higher access charges here as a reason.
The French Government has pledged to provide support for the operator, while £200 million has been provided by one of its shareholders, Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Hermes Infrastructure.
Registered in the UK and supporting 3,000 jobs either with the business or in the supply chain, the company is, however, 55% owned by SNCF (French state rail), 40% by CDPQ/Hermes and 5% by SNCB (Belgian state railways).
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Merseyside-Scotland container train begins operation

Peel Ports and DB Cargo UK have launched a new rail service for containers between the Port of Liverpool and Scotland.

Commencing on May 8, it will run on three days a week from Merseyside to PD Stirling’s yard at Mossend, with room for more than 40 containers per trip.

The return service to Liverpool will carry Scottish goods for export, with a large proportion destined for the US. One of the first customers to use this new service is Walkers Shortbread, which produces more than 40,000 tonnes of biscuits per year.

Andrew Stokes, head of international sales at Walkers Shortbread, said: “We’re currently exporting around 700 containers of shortbread to the US each year, and hope to see this grow in years to come, in part thanks to the integrated route to market offered via Liverpool.”

Hans-Georg Werner, DB Cargo UK CEO, said: “Introducing express rail services between Liverpool and Mossend is a really sustainable solution, significantly reducing the need for HGVs to travel thousands of miles on our roads each week. We look forward to seeing our partnership with Peel Ports grow in the years ahead.”

Jouke Schaap, Container Director at Peel Ports, added: “This new service underlines our commitment to working with our customers and the wider supply chain, to transform UK logistics practices to ensure the door-to-door journey is optimised.”

 



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  • FrankH - 05/06/2018 22:19

    carrying less than 6 containers per trip,unless more traffic is found this will be terminated soon.

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