GB Railfreight (GBRf) has announced an extension to its European freight operation in partnership with rail freight operator LINEAS.

Following the announcement, the company’s existing contract will now run until the end of December 2021.

GB Railfreight managing director John Smith said: “This service will be the longest term of operation for running services through the Channel Tunnel for GBRf, something we are extremely proud of.

“In addition, the shift to rail freight is a vital part of decarbonising our transport system. Our partnership with LINEAS shows our commitment to doing our part to reach the ambitious target of net zero emissions by 2050 and we hope to build on this going forward.”

The service has so far averaged around 30 trains a year and will continue to run approximately between two and three times per month.

Under the extended partnership, the existing traffic flow from Antwerp to Irvine will continue for another two years.

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The trains reaching Calais from the LINEAS Rail operation will comprise around 20 ICA Tank Rail Wagons and carry 1,200t of product a train.

GBRf is currently operating intermodal services to and from the three largest ports in the UK.

LINEAS senior key account manager Geraldine Leyman said: “We are extremely pleased to have extended this contract. Our relationship with GB Railfreight is one we are extremely proud of and the greatest example of the importance of cross-border cooperation.

“We couldn’t be happier with the service GBRf provide on the UK side and this contract extension is proof of that.”