Friday, September 12, 2014

Oversize Freight Containers Take to the Tracks as New Rail Cargo Service Commences

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UK – DB Schenker Rail has recently become the first company to carry the Malcolm Group’s innovative 50ft containers via rail in the UK with the start of a new service for the logistics company between Daventry and Grangemouth. The Malcolm Group unveiled its 50ft box earlier this year at April’s Multimodal event. This freight service is in addition to the existing Daventry to Mossend route which DB Schenker Rail UK has been running since early April. The new cargo routing will transport goods seven-days-a-week for a large number of high profile retailers and manufacturers. Andrew Malcolm, Chief Executive of The Malcolm Group says:

"We chose DB Schenker Rail UK because they provided an effective solution, which delivered our demanding requirements. Our business is built upon practical solutions and building successful partnerships, and the award of this second service highlights the relationship we are building. DB Schenker Rail UK have worked with us to get our new 50' units on the train, allowing us to offer more capacity to our customer base."

DB Schenker Rail UK will now move over 40,000 containers for the Malcolm Group each year, and this latest contract means that the major traffic flows to Grangemouth will remain on rail, which the operators say will produce a saving of over 13 million road miles per year. Neil McDonald, Head of Sales at DB Schenker Rail UK says:

"This is another fantastic win for DB Schenker Rail UK so soon after beginning the service from Daventry to Mossend. This demonstrates the level of service and efficiency that DB Schenker Rail UK is bringing to each contract, providing true efficiencies and reliability for our customers. It is also great news for the local area that these shipments remain on rail, supporting jobs in Grangemouth and keeping lorries off the road."