GB Railfreight has placed a £1.3 million order for 30 container flat wagons to support the company’s growing intermodal business.
The order was placed following the success of GBRf’s ‘turn up and go’ service out of Felixstowe – where customers can place any number of boxes on the train without contract - and growth in its other container business.
The announcement also follows the launch of the Strategic Rail Authority’s company neutral revenue support scheme, which is designed to support and secure the growth of deep sea, short sea and domestic intermodal freight.
The wagons will be built at Greenbriar in Poland and are due for delivery from June.
This latest investment comes hard on the heels of a £2.8 million order for 63 container flats to work Network Rail infrastructure services.
FirstGroup’s Chief Executive Moir Lockhead said the recent investment was a clear signal that the freight haulier’s new owners want to make the company a significant force in the marketplace offering real competition to the longer established operators.
John Smith, GBRf’s Managing Director, explained that GBRf’s operational capability is growing. “Not only do we have stock on order,” he said, “but we also have options to lease a range of wagons to support the increasing demand for our services.”
• GB Railfreight is part of the GB Railways Group, a First Group company
• Woodhouse Communications issued this release on behalf of GB Railfreight
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