A rail service between Tilbury and Grangemouth is to be made permanent following trials last month.
The service run by Forth Ports in partnership with Direct Rail Services and Eddie Stobart, provides a regular weekend link. The trains have a capacity of 36 containers.
Containers travelling from Tilbury will carry cargo including retail goods, food and drink while the return journey will support Scotland’s export market with the movement of spirits, chemicals and fresh food.
Rob Mason, senior commercial manager at Forth Ports, said: “The response from customers to our two-way rail service between the Ports of Tilbury and Grangemouth has been so encouraging that it means we can now operate the service regularly every weekend starting this Friday.