Wednesday, July 13, 2016

News: Newell & Wright welcomes new freightline into Rotherham

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South Yorkshire's largest privately owned and most successful haulage contractors, Newell & Wright Group, is filling a gap in the market as a new freightline launches between Rotherham and the Port of Felixstowe.

The 33rd daily rail freight service from the Suffolk port, Britain's biggest and busiest container port, and one of the largest in Europe, is operated by GB Railfreight and consists of 33 wagons, taking advantage of the greater efficiencies longer trains allow. The destination is the DB Cargo site at Templeborough in Rotherham.

Newell & Wright has installed six sidings, ranging from 300 to 400 metres, at the Rotherham site, allowing for a significant level of rolling stock and container handling.

The operators say that, since opening in the summer of 2015, they have seen a significant increase in the number of containers that are now using the rail port container facility and further investments have been made in infrastructure and capital plant equipment such as reach stackers for container handling, new hardstanding areas for container storage and a management office located on site.

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John Smith, managing director of GB Railfreight, said: "We are delighted to be working with both the port and terminal operator Newell & Wright Transport in delivering this important new service to the DB Cargo site at Rotherham.

"The 33rd daily train represents GB Railfreight's eighth intermodal flow from the Port of Felixstowe, and our second new service from Felixstowe this past year. With the help of our newly ordered Ecofret triple wagons, ultimately this will make the train 45 wagons in length, it allows us to further increase our capacity at the Port and across the network.

"Following the decline of core commodities such as coal and steel, it is important that we continue to look for growth opportunities in alternative markets such as intermodal. The introduction of this new flow highlights the benefits rail freight traffic brings to our intermodal customers, and the intention of the port and GB Railfreight to ensure the long-term competitiveness and viability of the industry."

Frank Newell, managing director of Newell & Wright Transport, added: "As a well-established container haulier for over 40 years and working with most major shipping lines we could see there was a gap in the market for a rail terminal in the Yorkshire area. Opening/operating our first rail terminal in Rotherham gives us further opportunities with our customer base.

"We feel that we can now offer a one stop shop from the Port of Felixstowe to final delivery point in the Yorkshire region. This consists of a daily rail service and onward delivery via our own fleet. We can also offer container repairs, loading and unloading of containers in to our warehouse and storage of both loaded and empty containers.

"This is an exciting opportunity for Newell & Wright Transport and we look forward to the future working with the Port of Felixstowe, GBRF and DB Cargo."

Newell & Wright website

Images: Port of Felixstowe

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