Services

Rail freight services

We operate efficient and dependable services across the country and beyond. Explore our wide range of services from Intermodal to bespoke rail tours, and everything in between.

With our people-focused values, our staff are primed to work directly with customers to help them realise their rail freight needs, creating a truly tailored service in every aspect of the industry.

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Our team tailor services to clients’ operational needs, from storage, stock movements to new vehicle testing.

Working with leading UK & European manufacturers, vehicle maintainers and passenger operators, we offer a wide range of services; from new train delivery to disposal of legacy BR fleets.

With extensive knowledge in supporting new vehicle testing for Hitachi, Siemens, Alstom and CAF we offer bespoke operating packages across the country.

Our passenger portfolio includes the luxurious Belmond Royal Scotsman touring train as well as providing operational services to support the Caledonian Sleeper services for Serco.

Every year, we move around 750kt of non-hazardous waste, offering a more environmentally friendly alternative to road transportation.

Utilising the development of railheads in Manchester, Leeds and London, we move waste to treatment centres and landfill sites across the UK using specialist rail box wagons, in partnership with Biffa and Walsh.

Construction waste materials can be processed at the rail hubs as required before delivery to the landfill location.

We operate intermodal services to and from the UK’s three largest ports, transporting around 30% of all containerised traffic.

We operate intermodal services to and from multiple ports in the UK, including Felixstowe, Southampton, Elderslie, London Gateway, Teesport and Seaforth. We also have the capability to offer special services to and from other ports such as Tilbury and Port of Tyne.

The inland terminals we rail to are Hams Hall, Birch Coppice, EMG in the midlands, Doncaster, iPort, Tinsley, Rotherham and Manchester. For further details regarding our services or to request a full copy of our timetable, please contact our intermodal Team on 01394 613325 or by emailing intermodal.booking@gbrailfreight.com.

We move fuels for energy generation across the country, including all of the remaining coal movements for power generation.

We operated an inaugural service with Drax Power to transport Biomass and operate a fleet of bespoke wagons. This has helped us to win us new customers such as Lynmouth Power. Our Biomass deliveries can move circa 115,000 tonnes per week using around 80 trains.

We also move gas condensate for the production of specialised fuels and jet fuel to Heathrow.

On behalf of Tata Steel, we move a range of steel coil services from production sites in South Wales.

We also provide internal logistics solutions to the UK industry. At Celsa’s Cardiff works, we move finished and part finished products across their internal rail network.

Our rail logistics solution supports automotive companies by transporting vehicles in specially designed transporter wagons.

Using rail to transport large volumes reduces costs, lowers the environmental impact and simplifies the process of supply chains, allowing more flexible logistics planning. Our vision for the automotive network is to expand our portfolio by supporting the automotive components industry. Using our expertise in the movement of goods to and from Europe, we are able to offer lower unit costs for our customers, on movement, the importing of automotive parts and exported vehicles.

Our haulage of gypsum and various aggregate products enable the development of the UK’s biggest infrastructure projects.

Through contracts including those with Tarmac, Aggregate Industries, Cemex, Hanson, Breedon and Sibelco we move circa 5 million tonnes of aggregates and sand and 600,000 tonnes of cement across the UK annually.

With British Gypsum and EBP, we transport raw materials from import locations and power stations to processing facilities for the production of plaster and plasterboard.

Our track record for reliability, delivery and customer care has secured us long term contracts to supply UK-wide services for Network Rail and industry partners.

We’ve played an integral part in the construction of the Elizabeth line and currently HS2. We have diversified by operating the maintenance yellow plant for the Elizabeth line, which includes a rail milling machine and self-propelled engineering trains.

Access Rates

We are committed to providing the UK rail industry with a fair and transparent list of costs relating to access, facilities and rail related services across the UK and Scotland.

For all access related request, you are required to complete the GB Railfreight Access & Facilities Request Form and email to the relevant addresses listed within the document.

Safety Culture

Delivering SAFER freight with an integrated cultureand focus on our people.

Britain’s railway system is one of the safest and most extensively used rail networks in the world. Our exception safety performance has been achieved by highly competent people, by close cooperation between teams and companies, the adoption of advanced health and safety management systems and the effective application of technology.

Effective leadership is critical to delivering the opportunities outlined in this strategy and to developing the necessary management capabilities. We need to empower all employees, at all levels, to work together and deliver results more efficiently and effectively than would be possible in isolation.

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