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February 26, 2018

UK’s iPort Rail inland rail freight hub becomes operational

Verdion's new intermodal inland rail freight hub, iPort Rail, has become fully operational in Doncaster, UK.

Verdion’s new intermodal inland rail freight hub, iPort Rail , has become fully operational in Doncaster, UK.

The rail freight facility is situated on a 30-acre site within the iPort logistics hub.

It has a total storage capacity of 1,500TEUs, as well as reach stacker capability with a front axle load of 115t.

The new site welcomed its first train last week and is capable of accommodating the UK’s longest trains up to six times a day.

"Sitting within the wider iPort logistics hub, iPort Rail is a state-of-the-art rail terminal designed to serve the Yorkshire region with excellent road, rail and air connections."

Verdion CEO Michael Hughes said: “iPort Rail has been years in the making but it is now open and fully operational.

“Sitting within the wider iPort logistics hub, iPort Rail is a state-of-the-art rail terminal designed to serve the Yorkshire region with excellent road, rail and air connections for national and international freight transport.

“We have an experienced team already in place and everything is designed to help companies move goods quickly and minimise supply chain downtime.

“The demand we are seeing, even at this early stage, is already proving that the case for more integrated rail freight is overwhelming.

“Our next milestone will be welcoming the first commercial train, which we are anticipating will be later this quarter.”

The entire iPort logistics hub is spread across an area of 337 acres. It is connected to Junction 3 of the M18 motorway via the Great Yorkshire Way, as well as the East Coast Main Line.

Pan-European logistics specialist Verdion was responsible for developing iPort Rail and is also expected to operate the site.

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