The campaign saw the rail company operate intermodal services from the port to Yorkshire twice a week in addition to services to the Midlands once a week.
This series of intermodal services comes amid increased consumer demand and aims to alleviate some of the pressure currently facing the port, ensuring delivery of goods across the UK.
“As import volume levels grow, this campaign of services demonstrates how rail freight can offer a real solution to the current issues facing our busiest deep seaports,” said John Smith, CEO of GB Railfreight.
“We’re proud to work with the Port of Tyne to operate this intermodal service. By unlocking extra capacity, this new flow can play a key role to ensure the timely and sustainable delivery of goods around the country.”
Richard Newton, Commercial Director of Logistics for the Port of Tyne, added “We’re delighted to work with GB Railfreight to enhance our service and provide another route to market, in addition to our own haulage, port-centric warehouse operations and transshipment to other UK ports. This boost to our offering demonstrates our capability to provide flexible and bespoke, solutions to our customers.”
The Port of Tyne has also recently announced it had signed the Glasgow Declaration on Sustainable BioEnergy to help tackle climate change. Announced in November 2021, the declaration uses International Energy Agency (IEA) data to highlight the role that sustainable bioenergy will play to help achieve global net-zero by 2050, in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
The document had already been signed by a coalition of 13 wood bioenergy companies and organisations from around the world and sets a global standard of sustainability for the industry.