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'First ever' freight train pulls into East Midlands Gateway ahead of launch

'First ever' freight train pulls into East Midlands Gateway ahead of launch image
Full operation will begin in January
A trial ahead of a full freight operation launch has seen the first ever train pull into the East Midlands Gateway terminal.

The train arrived at the terminal at 10.45pm on Tuesday (December 17) and was due to leave again at 6.15am Wednesday (December 18).

It travelled more than 100 miles from Southampton and was operated by DB Cargo on behalf of Maritime Transport.

The journey was part of a trial as preparations for scheme's launch continue.

Daily services will begin on January 6, with two arrivals from the Port of Felixstowe every day.

As the operation expands, the terminal will be able to accommodate 16 trains as long as 775 metres each per day, from ports including London Gateway and the Channel Tunnel as well as Southampton and Felixstowe.

A spokesperson for Maritime confirmed a train was brought to East Midlands Gateway as part of tests.

"A train was brought successfully onto the East Midlands Gateway site yesterday as part of the testing programme which needs to be carried out on the new track and terminal facility.

"We look forward to beginning operations in early 2020."

Source: Leicester Mercury