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UK’s iPort Rail inland rail freight hub begins operations

LBR Staff Writer Published 27 February 2018

iPort Rail, Verdion’s new inland rail freight hub in Doncaster, UK, has commenced operations and received first train.

The new intermodal inland rail freight hub has been developed on a 30-acre site within the 337-acre iPort logistics hub.

iPort Rail is an advanced rail freight facility that can accommodate the country’s longest trains up to six times a day.

The facility has storage capacity of 1,500 TEUs and reach stacker operation with a 115-tonne front axle load.

Located adjacent to the M18, the site connects to the East Coast Main Line (ECML), and is near to Doncaster Sheffield Airport and East Coast’s deep water ports.

In December 2017, iPort Rail was fully connected to the national rail network. Currently, the signaling work has been completed and  it started operations to provide intermodal services across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Humberside and the M62 corridor.

The new inland rail freight hub connects to the national rail network from the South Yorkshire Joint Line, to the west of Doncaster, on the freight only line that goes on to Maltby and Worksop.

The hub helps to reach Continental Europe via Channel Tunnel, as well as provides SACTFF approved secure facility for international movements.

Verdion CEO Michael Hughes said: “Sitting within the wider iPort logistics hub, iPort Rail is a state-of-the-art rail terminal designed to serve the Yorkshire region with excellent road, rail and air connections for national and international freight transport.

“We have an experienced team already in place and everything is designed to help companies move goods quickly and minimise supply chain downtime. “

iPort Rail managing director Steve Freeman said: "The connectivity and quality of facility we’re providing is genuinely unique, and businesses taking space here can take advantage of the major benefits that better access to rail freight offers.”

Image: iPort Rail is a new inland rail freight hub in Doncaster. Photo: courtesy of iPort Rail.