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Robert.Jervis_43227 May 21

GBRf links Felixstowe with iPort

GBRf links Felixstowe with iPort image

More multimodal rail connections

GB Railfreight (GBRf) has announced the start of a new service from the Port of Felixstowe to iPort Rail in Doncaster, marking the company’s continued expansion into the multimodal market.

The service will run 5 days a week, and represents GBRf’s 16th multimodal service to date, following rapid expansion into the market over the past 18 months. The service is demonstrative of the highly valued relationships GBRf maintains with its partners. GBRf trains now carry one third of all containerised rail traffic to and from the Port of Felixstowe.

As the latest GBRf service into iPort Rail, it also strengthens a newer relationship which began when GBRf had the honour of being the first commercial service to arrive at the newly opened facility back in September 2018. GBRf are incredibly proud that all freight services currently using the facility are provided by GBRf. 

The new service will enable increased diversity in GBRf’s Yorkshire operations, providing customers with more logistical options in the wider Yorkshire area are further afield than ever before.  

John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight, said:

“I am thrilled to see the beginning of this new service. It is fantastic to be working once again with valued friends and partners. Our growth in multimodal speaks to GBRf’s commitment to innovation, offering flexible and innovative door-to-door solutions that meet our customer’s needs, as well as a consistently reliable service. This is why customers work with us again and again, GBRf are the industry’s trusted intermodal carrier.”

Steve Freeman, Managing Director of iPort Rail, said:

“This new Felixstowe service highlights the growth iPort Rail is experiencing since welcoming its first commercial service late last year, and the increasing significance of our facility to national and international supply chains.”

“Being part of Verdion’s iPort multimodal logistics hub means that 87 per cent of the UK population is within a four-hour drive of our terminal, with easy access to the national motorway network and sea transport links as well as rail freight routes increase.

“The terminal already handles several hundred tonnes of goods daily, and we are excited that our expansion story is set to benefit businesses across the country even further.”

Commenting on the new destination, Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Felixstowe and Executive Director of Hutchison Ports, said:

“More and more companies are looking for sustainable transport options and ways to avoid an increasingly crowded road network. The Port of Felixstowe is uniquely placed to meet those demands and already offers a wide range of multimodal rail freight services to key UK destinations.

“With nearly 1.5 million TEU moving between Felixstowe and locations in the Northern Powerhouse region each year, Felixstowe is already the North’s major gateway for global trade. This new connection provides businesses in this vital region with greater choice of ways to get their goods to market.”

The new service departs the port’s South Rail Terminal at 04:05 each day, Tuesday to Saturday, arriving in iPort at 10:47. The return service departs at 15:32 arriving back in Felixstowe at 23:25. Regular rail services are also run from Felixstowe to Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Teesport, Birmingham, Birch Coppice, Doncaster, Selby, Hams Hall, Wakefield, Ditton (Widnes), Rotherham and Cardiff.

iPort Rail is a new, 30-acre multimodal rail freight facility in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. It is part of the iPort multimodal logistics hub, developed by Verdion and home to occupiers including Amazon, CEVA, Fellowes and Lidl

iPort sponsors Multimodal 2019


Separately, GBRf is investing in two new state-of-the-art simulators for its new training school in Peterborough. At a total cost of £850,000, they will be the UK’s first and only full cab freight European rail traffic management system (ERTMS) capable simulators.

The equipment will be used by new and existing drivers, mentor and instructor training and post incident reconstruction. They will initially cover the journey from Kings Cross to Peterborough, and are designed with a route building tool which will enable the addition of all other GBRf routes at a later date.