Europorte launches piggyback service to the UK
By: RAIL EXPRESS
First transit of unaccompanied trailers through the Channel Tunnel after the Eurotunnel freight subsidiary runs a service from Antwerp to Barking loaded with autoparts.
Europorte Channel, the cross-Channel Railfreight operator, has launched a new unaccompanied trailer transport service between Antwerp and London. This new service which enables the transport of complete trailers – wheels, flatbeds and container loads, is fast and has a very low carbon footprint. It can operate over long distances such as from Belgium, Germany or Eastern Europe.
A successful test run transporting goods for the Vauxhall Group was conducted, on May 21-22 over the almost 400km distance between Antwerp in Belgium and Barking, in the UK, to the complete satisfaction of the Europorte Channel logistics customers Ewals Intermodal and Ewals Cargo Care. A set of wagons specially designed for this type of service, operated through the Channel Tunnel and along High Speed 1. Europorte Channel forecasts that this will become a regular service in the future, removing thousands of trucks from the roads.
The success of the pilot train, via the Channel Tunnel demonstrates its importance in the development of a network the value of rolling motorways. Rolling motorways are an important aspect of the growth of rail freight transportation in the future.
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