EWS returns to Thamesport (London) with Daventry rail link
EWS Railway has returned to Thamesport (London) in the Southeast of England after an absence of 18 months to start a rail link with Daventry in the Midlands.
The new service runs five days each week and is able to offer capacity for high-cube containers in addition to standard units.
Thamesport is also connected via three other rail services to Birmingham, Leeds/Coatbridge, Manchester, Doncaster and Birch Coppice. Expansion work is due to start in September to extend the port’s rail terminal's sidings to allow 24-wagon-length trains to be worked without the need to break and shunt individual units.
'It is important that we offer shippers a rail option through our ports, and this new service provides a boost to the range of destinations that are served by rail from Thamesport,” said Chris Lewis, chief executive officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Ltd., which owns Thamesport (London).
“We are committed to increasing the share of freight transported by rail through the port, and we were pleased to reach a record throughput in 2007, with a total of 50,000 containers passing through the port's rail terminal,' Lewis said.