Stobart Rail has switched to DB Schenker Rail as its main provider of rail freight services. It previously used Direct Rail Services. DB Schenker will assume responsibility for all Stobart Rail’s existing rail freight operations in the UK and will work with Stobart Rail to deliver further movement of goods from road to rail.
The deal follows the recent collaboration between the two companies on temperature-controlled intermodal services from Spain will result in locomotives being used for the first time on Stobart’s service from the Midlands to Scotland.
Stobart chief Andrew Tinkler said: “Firstly, I wish to express my gratitude to Direct Rail Services for their service and support over the years in operating the rail service. The move from DRS was not a reflection on either service or performance and was simply due to the rapid expansion of the business and move into Europe following the recent collaboration with DB Schenker Rail (UK) Ltd.
“These are both exciting and challenging times and by using electric locomotives where possible, we and our customers will ensure we further reduce our carbon emissions.”
DB Schenker Rail chief Keith Heller said: “Through our nationwide and European coverage we are able to provide a network of rail freight services that meets the current and future growth requirements of Stobart Rail. This, combined with DB Schenker’s commitment to use electric locomotives, enables both companies to widen the use of rail freight by the customers of Stobart Rail and supports the government’s priorities as part of the Low Carbon Transition Plan.”