Britain’s East Coast Main Line is best known for its express passenger services and as the route of the Flying Scotsman.

It’s also a critical freight corridor and earlier this month a new service began sharing those tracks. It may not be quite as prestigious as the famous express, but the destination is the birthplace of the renowned steam locomotive. Given the Government’s announcement of its ambitious target to grow rail freight by at least 75%, we at IFS are thrilled to share this news.

Back in June 2021 the Government decided to make iPort Rail in Doncaster a new inland customs facility, which brought a great benefit to businesses throughout Yorkshire. It was the first Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SFRI) in the UK to achieve this designation.

That resulted in iPort Rail being able to support goods moving in both directions through the Channel Tunnel. It also meant that businesses using its service can now clear customs in South Yorkshire before delivering to UK customers or travelling to international markets.

The new intermodal service, operated by GB Railfreight, connects the freeport of London Gateway, with the iPort of Doncaster. The new flow commenced on 29 January. It doesn’t have the luxuries of the Flying Scotsman, but it conveys almost everything those well-heeled customers could desire.

Find out more from: railfreight.com >

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Government sets ambitious target to grow rail freight by at least 75%

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