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First rail freight service to China departs UK

First rail freight service to China departs UK

First rail freight service to China departs UK

  • 10 April 2017
  • From the section UK

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The first rail freight train from China to the UK arrived three months ago

The first rail freight service from the UK to China has departed on its 17-day, 7,500-mile journey.

Thirty containers are carrying British goods including whisky, soft drinks, vitamins and baby products.

The DP World locomotive left its terminal in Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, for Zhejiang province, eastern China.

After going through the Channel Tunnel, the train will pass through seven other countries before arriving on 27 April.

They are France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan.

‘Significant occasion’

The operators say it is cheaper to send goods by train than by air and faster than by sea.

The service is part of China’s “one belt, one road” programme aimed at reviving the ancient Silk Road trading routes with the West, dating back more than 2,000 years.

DP World chief executive Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said it was a “significant trade occasion”.

“We look forward to enabling and facilitating more trade between the UK, China and the whole world.”

The first rail freight service in the opposite direction, from China to the UK, arrived three months ago.

Source : BBC News – Business

First rail freight service to China departs UK

First rail freight service to China departs UK

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