Monday 10th Dec 2018 - Logistics Manager Magazine

Silk road service starts from UK

The first train in a service linking the UK to the new silk road to China has made its maiden journey using the Channel Tunnel.

The service operated on behalf of CMA CGM runs between London Gateway and Duisberg in Germany. It is being operated by operators such as GB Railfreight and Transfesa.

Initially the service will operate with one return trip per week, with the potential to reach six returns per week in the future.

Eurotunnel said the introduction of this service and its connection to the new Silk Road “is further proof of Eurotunnel’s determination to relaunch rail freight, as already demonstrated with the construction of the whole-train scanner in Frethun, the introduction of the ETICA scheme, which supports the launch of new services, and the restructuring implemented to add efficiency to border formalities at the Frethun yard with Europorte Channel.”