New intermodal link for DP World London Gateway
Maritime Transport, a UK-based logistics company, launched a new container train. It links the company’s intermodal terminal in Tamworth, near Birmingham, to DP World London Gateway. The intermodal service was arranged in a partnership with GB Railfreight (GBRf).
The container train between London Gateway and the Tamworth terminal was put into service on Monday, 28 June. It has a capacity of 87 TEU in each direction and runs six times a week. The haulage operations are provided by GBRf’s Class 66 locomotives that are painted in a livery of Maritime Transport. Besides the new intermodal link, the British rail freight operator runs intermodal services to Maritime’s rail terminals in Manchester, Wakefield and East Midlands Gateway.
Birmingham Intermodal Freight Terminal (BIFT)
The Tamworth terminal, which officially known under the BIFT abbreviation (the Birmingham Intermodal Freight Terminal), was purchased by Maritime Transport in 2014 within the acquisition deal of Roadways Container Logistics. Since that date, the terminal has been increasing the container traffic. In 2011, the facility on average handled 1,000 containers weekly. By 2020, this volume rose up to 2,500 containers. As of today, the terminal boasts an average vehicle turnaround time of just 26 minutes.