Rail freight haulier First GBRf has signed a new 12 month rolling contract with independent freight forwarder Allport, for the carriage of containers from the Port of Felixstowe to Birmingham Intermodal Freight Terminal (BIFT) at Birch Coppice Business Park in North Warwickshire and to Doncaster Europort freight terminal.
The BIFT service has been made possible by extending the route of First GBRf’s existing “common user” service, which currently runs from Felixstowe to Hams Hall in Birmingham, and increasing its capacity to 26 wagons, making this the longest train out of the Port of Felixstowe.
The modified service commenced on 10 August 2009 and operates daily from Felixstowe, with a commitment to move the equivalent of 300 lorry journeys a week, including high cube allocations on both services. It marks the first time First GBRf have carried goods to the BIFT inland terminal.
Ashley Stower, Head of Business Development and Marketing said: “At First GBRf we are renowned for finding innovative solutions to problems for our customers, so when Allport were having issues with a lack of capacity for high cube containers we were able to step in and help.”
Kevin Witmore, Allport’s Operations Director, said, "We are encouraging customers, when appropriate, to utilise high cube containers because we believe that they provide a cost effective alternative to standard ISO boxes and lessen the environmental impact of each freight kilo carried. We anticipate that demand from Felixstowe, already picking up, will continue to grow in the medium term, so the increased capacity we have secured with the First GBRf deal means that we can help ease congestion by transferring more freight to rail."