First direct train from Britain to China sets off on 7,500-mile journey
The first rail
freight service from the UK to China departed on Monday the 10 th of April.
filled with British produced goods will set off on the 7,500-mile journey from
drinks, vitamins, pharmaceuticals and baby products are among the items being
A DB Cargo locomotive will leave the DP World London Gateway rail terminal at
Monday the 10th.
through the Channel Tunnel into France and on to Belgium, the train will call
in Duisburg, Germany before InterRail pull the cargo through Poland, Belarus,
Russia, Kazahkstan and arrive at Yiwu, eastern China on April 27.
The train will take just over two weeks to get to China (Picture: PA)
It is departing
almost three months after the first freight service from China to the UK
arrived in east London.
The journey is cheaper than air freight and faster than sea freight.
The service is
part of China’s One Belt, One Road programme of reviving the ancient Silk Road
trading routes with the West, initially created more than 2,000 years ago.
DP World chief
executive Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said the first freight service from the UK
to China is a ‘significant trade occasion’.
He went on: ‘DP
World London Gateway, one of the UK’s largest logistics hubs, is designed and
developed to ensure products can be both imported and exported from the UK via
ship or train in a faster, safer and more reliable way than ever before.
‘We look forward to enabling and facilitating more trade between the UK, China
and the whole world.’
trade minister Greg Hands said: ‘This new rail link with China is another boost
for global Britain, following the ancient Silk Road trade route to carry
British products around the world.
‘It shows the huge
global demand for quality UK goods and is a great step for DP World’s £1.5
billion London Gateway port as it also welcomes its first regular container
ships from Asia.’