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Channel Tunnel Connects Manchester and Duisburg
New train service started / Five journeys a week / Traffic off the road
Plans call for 25,000 TEU to be moved by the new container shuttle train between Duisburg and the United Kingdom during the first year of operation. Currently the container wagons only make up half a freight train. The other half consists of conventional wagons which carry paper and steel. "As volumes build up after market introduction we expect that the initial half train service will be replaced by full container train operation even before 2009," projected Staake.
The train from Manchester will travel through France and Belgium to reach the Duisburg Intermodal Terminal (DIT) in the evening and will return to Manchester in the morning of the next day. Numerous connections in the Port of Duisburg will serve to distribute the containers mainly filled with consumer goods to destinations in the European hinterland chiefly by environmentally sound railway services. Five departures per week have been scheduled for the Manchester train during the start-up phase, but will eventually be increased to six.
Said EWS Commercial Director David Kerr: "We analysed the potential of intermodal transport chains through the Channel Tunnel in detail last year and found that freight volumes suitable for trains but currently shipped by lorry are substantial. We are delighted to be connecting Duisburg with Manchester, and this will be the first of many new intermodal trains operated by EWS travelling between the UK and the rest of Europe via the Channel Tunnel."
The new train between Duisburg and Manchester, as well as the future EWS services between Brussels and Daventry and between Milan and Manchester, provide shippers and carriers with an opportunity to bypass bottlenecks at British ports and take each week some 1,000 lorries off congestion-prone British motorways. The container volume moved through the Channel Tunnel is to be increased to an annual two million tonnes by the end of 2008.
Every week, 8,000 rail freight services are operated by EWS (a subsidiary company of Deutsche Bahn AG) across all parts of Britain and into Europe, powered by nearly 500 reliable locomotives. Attention to detail, anticipating the needs of customers, economic pricing, geographic coverage in Britain with services to mainland Europe and exceptional levels of punctuality and reliability give customers the confidence they require from EWS as their rail freight operator. EWS offers customers with a superior level of service in Britain, and aims to be the leading rail operator in Europe.
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