Freightliner Ltd and MSC (UK) Ltd have renewed their contract, increasing the railed container volumes to the North West. The contract is an expansion of the existing service, moving 30,000 container moves per year and will remove an additional 6,000 lorry journeys per year from the road network.

The announcement follows the transfer of MSC’s services at The Port of Felixstowe to the port’s newly developed, state of the art berths 8 and 9.

Adam Cunliffe, managing director of Freightliner Limited said: “We are delighted to have renewed our North West service with MSC and look forward to further developing this key rail route from the Port of Felixstowe with MSC.

“It is intended that the service will be hauled by Freightliner’s new PowerHaul locomotives which uniquely combines, longer trains enabling increases in container volumes with reduced CO2 emissions.”

Kelvin Wilden, operations director, MSC (UK) Ltd commented: “MSC (UK) Ltd is delighted to have renewed its North West contract with Freightliner that has proven to be so successful over the last five years. We have a long standing relationship with Freightliner supporting a number of services on a daily basis. Reliability and flexibility are a prerequisite of all our rail service providers and need to be proven before awarding any new contract.

“MSC is committed to supporting its rail product demonstrated by running some of the best utilised intermodal trains in and out of the Port of Felixstowe. Freightliner as an existing service provider remains well placed to help us maintain this commitment now and into the future.”

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