HS1 has teamed up with DB Schenker Rail UK, to launch additional freight services along High Speed 1, which will carry refrigerated containers from Spain to East London.
The new services have been introduced after HS1 worked with UK and European rail freight operators, to identify new markets and paths into Europe.
Travelling via the Channel Tunnel, the containers on these services are due to hold both perishable foodstuffs and automotive components.
The contract with DB Schenker Rail is for an initial six months, but the company says both parties intend to continue.
“We have a strong relationship with HS1, which allows us to offer new and existing customers the opportunity of transporting goods to and from mainland Europe in wagons which are too large to be conveyed on the UK national network,” said head of sales at DB Schenker Rail UK, Neil McDonald.
“These additional trains will further demonstrate the benefits of using the High Speed 1 rail route to trade with mainland Europe.”