Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Network Rail Give Support to New Freight Route and Help Open Manchester Nightingale Hospital

Network Rail have been working keep supermarkets supplied with food by introducing on two new food routes from Valencia and Murcia into London.

DB Cargo UK and Transfesa Logistics have successfully launched an express 72-hour rail service to transport essential hygiene, medical and food products from terminals in Valencia and Murcia to London.

This type of traffic is carried in refrigerated containers and expands the activity that Transfesa Logistics had so far operated on a national and international scale. The objective is to develop these railway operations with a daily train to keep supermarkets shelves stocked.

The new services operate into DB Cargo UK’s Barking Intermodal Terminal in London which is strategically connected to the High Speed 1 (HS1) rail link which is linked to the channel tunnel. Rail freight is one of the most sustainable modes of transport, emitting less CO2 with each of these rail services removing 30 HGVs from the road network.

Thousands of tonnes of goods will be transported by freight to support the economy and keep supermarkets stocked up with vital supplies.

Volunteers from Network Rail have also been supporting efforts to open the Manchester Nightingale Hospital.

The company has provided its logistics and project management expertise to help deliver the NHS Nightingale Hospital North West in Manchester.

The NHS has also been given storage space at Network Rail’s regional distribution centre in Warrington.

 About 500 items of NHS equipment were transported between Manchester and Warrington. More equipment is being kept at the distribution centre ready for when it’s needed.

Those who volunteered their time included warehouse staff, drivers, and management from logistics company DHL and Network Rail.

Dozens of volunteers with specialisms in supply chain and logistics worked with the Army Reserve and National Health Service to get the hospital open, which has capacity for up to 750 patients.