Forth Ports Direct Rail Services (DRS) and Eddie Stobart, have formed agreement that the rail service which provides a regular weekend link between th..."> Forth Ports Direct Rail Services (DRS) and Eddie Stobart, have formed agreement that the rail service which provides a regular weekend link between th...">

Permanent rail service between Grangemouth and Tilbury

Forth Ports Direct Rail Services (DRS) and Eddie Stobart, have formed agreement that the rail service which provides a regular weekend link between the Port of Tilbury and the Port of Grangemouth, Scotland’s largest port, is to be made permanent. Following a trial period, the new regular two-way rail link will serve Forth Ports’ customers in the South of England and Central Scotland from 9th August.

The service which uses DRS’s locomotives and wagon fleet has the capacity to travel with 36 containers and will be managed by Eddie Stobart, working with both Forth Ports and DRS. The containers travelling from Tilbury will carry cargo including retail goods, food and drink while the return journey will support Scotland’s export market with the movement of spirits, chemicals and fresh food. The first train will leave Tilbury on Friday evening, via Dagenham, travelling overnight to arrive at Grangemouth on Saturday morning.


Rob Mason, Senior Commercial Manager at Forth Ports, said: “The response from customers to our two-way rail service between the Ports of Tilbury and Grangemouth has been so encouraging that it means we can now operate the service regularly every weekend starting this Friday.


“Business at our busy container terminals is growing rapidly and it has become hugely important that we were able to connect these two ports by rail. This new service highlights our commitment to providing sustainable and cost-effective logistics solutions for our customers, helping them to grow and increasing their competitiveness in the supply chain.


“We look forward to partnering with Eddie Stobart and DRS on what is the first regular rail service linking our ports in Tilbury and Grangemouth and opening up a number of import and export opportunities for our business and customers.”

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