The first of a regular weekly rail-freight service to use the High Speed 1 rail route, the only European sized railway in the UK has commenced.
Trading links between Poland and the UK were strengthened with the commencement on November 11 of the regular European sized rail freight services by DB Schenker Rail.
The train was made up with European sized curtain sided swap bodies and operates between Wroclaw, in Poland, and Barking, London. UK demand from customers has been high resulting in strong orders for the new service being received from the automotive, retail and food sectors.
The first train left Poland on the evening of November 8 arriving into the UK in the early hours of 11 November. The train departed the UK the same day taking goods to Poland on the return journey.
The service is the first regular rail freight service to use the High Speed 1 rail route, the only European sized railway in the UK enabling the train to be made up of European sized wagons.
The significantly larger haulage capacity now available, with an internal height of three metres, means standard pallets can be transported stacked two high providing a more efficient and economic way of transporting larger quantities of goods on each train.
The services have been introduced utilising DB Schenker Rail's pan European rail freight network, offering customers integrated logistics solutions across the whole of Europe.
Alain Thauvette, Chief Executive of DB Schenker Rail UK, said: "Strong European rail freight trading links are essential for economic development and to encourage modal shift from road to rail. The introduction of this new rail freight service between Poland and the UK will be the first of a number of such trains, which utilise the DB Schenker Rail pan European network. This is an important step for rail freight in Europe, as a new market has been developed and a new trading route opened."
Carsten Hinne, Managing Director Logistics of DB Schenker Rail UK, said: "We will work with our customers in the UK to demonstrate the haulage benefits of using the High Speed 1 rail route to trade with mainland Europe. Demand from the UK for these services is high and we expect to introduce a number of additional trains using the High Speed 1 route during 2012." The work to introduce rail freight services onto High Speed 1 has been supported by the European Commission's Marco Polo programme.