Tilbury-Grangemouth rail service

With the help of Eddie Stobart, a logistics provider, and the rail haulier Direct Rail Services (DRS), Forth Ports, a port management company headquartered in Edinburgh, has rail-linked two of its seaports.

The first northbound set left Tilbury on Friday 28 June and arrived via Daventry in Grangemouth on Saturday.

The service, able to take 36 container/trip, carries retail goods, food and drinks towards Scotland, while returning with export products such as spirits, chemicals, and fresh food.

"The service comes on the back of an increase in business at our busy container terminals and underpins our commitment to provide sustainable and cost-effective logistics solutions for our customers, aiding growth and competitiveness in the supply chain. This is the first time that a rail service truly links our ports in Tilbury and Grangemouth which opens up a number of import and export opportunities for our business and customers," Stuart Wallace, Chief Operating Officer, Forth Ports, said.

John Clark, Sector Director, Eddie Stobart, added, "Unlike many rail operators, our services are built in direct response to customer requirements - that's why we're introducing a new service that will link the Port of Tilbury to Grangemouth for the first time. We believe this will help to provide our customers with a cost effective and sustainable means of moving goods between Southern England and Central Scotland."

"Through partnerships such as these many more road miles can be saved and huge environment benefits will continue to be delivered by rail," Chris Connelly, Chief Operating Officer, DRS, also commented.

Photo: Forth Ports