GB Railfreight has won a long-term contract with Royal Mail to move mail by rail.
The contract, which was signed yesterday (Thursday 19 May), runs until the end of March 2006 with options for a further 12 months. It follows a successful trial that began in December 2004.
The agreement will see GB Railfreight running two trains a day between Willesden, Warrington and Shieldmuir in Scotland, using Royal Mail’s class 325 units.
John Smith, GB Railfreight’s Managing Director, expressed his delight at the signing of the deal, pointing out that it was his company’s successful performance and flexibility that satisfied Royal Mail.
“We have had a really successful trial period, during which we have given Royal Mail the flexibility it needs from a rail operation,” he said. “Our arrangement allows them to increase or reduce the number of services they run on a night-by-night basis and to put on specials at times of peak volumes, such as Christmas.
"We recognize that Royal Mail needs a multi modal distribution network that is robust, flexible and provides a high quality of service. We will work hard to make sure we remain part of that network by continuing to offer Royal Mail a flexible, reliable and commercially viable rail option."
Note to editors:
* The core service will be two trains a day (Monday to Friday) from Princess Royal Distribution Centre at Willesden to Shieldmuir Royal Mail Terminal via Warrington Royal Mail Terminal.
* 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 and was named Rail Business of the Year at the HSBC Rail Business Awards in February 2005.
· Woodhouse Communications issued this release on behalf of GB Railfreight.
· For more information contact Paul Lawson of Woodhouse on 01444 473588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.