DB Schenker Rail preferred operator for new rail freight interchanges
DB Schenker Rail UK has agreed terms with two major property developers for the operation of proposed new intermodal terminals in the south-east of England.
Both terminals are located close to the M25. The interchange at Radlett in Hertfordshire is being promoted by SEGRO, while the interchange at Colnbrook in Berkshire is being promoted by Goodman. The two schemes provide major warehouse capacity, are served by a rail terminal, and they are both in the right locations to serve London and the Home Counties.
Rail industry forecasts predict growth in container traffic on the UK railway of up to 300 percent by 2030. In order to meet this demand DB Schenker Rail believes that significant new terminal capacity is needed, especially close to major consumer markets.
Alain Thauvette, Chief Executive of DB Schenker Rail UK, said: “To deliver rail freight growth in the UK we need new terminals. We are delighted to have reached agreements with SEGRO and Goodman to be their preferred operator for these planned interchanges. Both terminals have the potential to take up to 2,000 long-haul lorry movements off the roads every day, reducing both congestion and carbon emissions.
“The terminals also form part of DB Schenker Rail UK’s strategy to increase and support terminal capacity development throughout the UK, and build on links with established and new major deep-sea ports. In addition, they will form the UK hubs for logistics flows of rail-borne product to and from the whole of Europe through the Channel Tunnel.”