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Mail to move by rail again 18 October 2004

Mail will once again be moving by rail thanks to a four-month deal struck between fast expanding freight haulier GB Railfreight (GBRf) and Royal Mail.

The deal will see GBRf operate four services a day between London and Scotland via Warrington during December using Royal Mail’s class 325 units.

GBRf will carry around four per cent of the Royal Mail daily Christmas mailbag.

GBRf will continue to run services after Christmas on a trial basis with a view to a longer-term contract with Royal Mail. The freight company will operate two trains a day between London and Scotland until March when Royal Mail will assess the trial’s success in enhancing its distribution network, which includes road and air transport.

A delighted John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight said: “Everyone in the company is proud to be associated with mail being moved by rail again.

“As Britain’s most reliable freight haulier we are confident the trial will be a success and prove to Royal Mail the benefits of rail to their supply chain.

"There are advantages in moving mail by rail and we will work hard to make sure letters continue to be distributed in this way by offering Royal Mail a commercially viable rail option for the future."

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Note to editors: 

• Two trains a day (Monday to Friday) will run from Princess Royal Distribution Centre at Willesden to Shieldmuir Royal Mail Terminal via Warrington Royal Mail Terminal during December. One train a day in each direction will run until March. 
• Royal Mail owns 16 class 325 units. 
• GB Railfreight will provide train managers (drivers) for the units and work with the rest of the rail industry to plan and operate the services. 
• The service will operate without subsidy.
• GB Railfreight is part of FirstGroup plc.
• Woodhouse Communications issued this release on behalf of GB Railfreight.
• For more information contact Paul Lawson of Woodhouse on 01444 473588 or email paul@woodhousecommunications.co.uk.

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