Stobart restarts rail service between Spain and UK

Valencia, Spain: Stobart Group has restarted its low-carbon rail freight service connecting Valencia, Spain and Barking, near London.

The seasonal rail service, operated by Eurotunnel subsidiary Europorte Channel, will carry 30 chilled containers of fruit and vegetables from Spain to supermarkets and other retailers in the UK. Stobart is using latest satellite tracking software to make sure the temperature of each 45-ft refrigerated container remains at optimum chilled levels. The journey takes just over 50 hours with the service passing through Spain, France and the Channel Tunnel

The service is part-funded by a European Union Marco Polo grant aimed at moving freight transport from road to rail in Europe.

Managing director of Stobart Rail Freight, Liam Martin, said: “The service will allow us to offer a cost and time-effective solution for supermarkets and food retailers in a carbon-friendly manner.”