Welsh steel to Belgium by DB Cargo UK

Port Talbot Tata Steel works

A new international flow has been inaugurated by DB Cargo UK. Steel products are being transported from South Wales to Belgium via the Channel Tunnel. It is the second new international flow announced by DB Cargo UK in just two weeks.

The massive steel works that dominates Port Talbot and Llanwern is sending fresh materials from the valleys of South Wales to the wide open plains of Belgium. The Welsh steel is part of a deal to serve manufacturing in Belgium. 

Four countries

Steel products will be loaded in the works, on the Tata Steel UK facilities within the complex, and dispatched direct from there, via the Channel Tunnel. The trains will traverse four countries – including Wales and England, via France and Belgium.

Outbound from Wales. Steel has started flowing from the Port Talbot works to Belgium by rail (Train Photos – Flickr)

The new flow has been warmly received as an example of British manufacturing and industrial resilience in the face of the current coronavirus crisis. “We have launched a new international train service from South Wales to Belgium for one of our largest customers”, said a statement from DB Cargo UK.

International business

Adam Baines, DB Cargo UK’s Head of Logistics Sales, waved off the train, at least metaphorically under the current circumstances. “Despite the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we continue to buck the national trend by finding new opportunities to provide our customers with reliable and sustainable rail solutions,” he said.

Steel trains have periodically used the Channel Tunnel between works in the UK and customers in France and the Low Countries. Latterly the workings have been between Tata Steel plants.

Steel shunting in Belgium. Well, somewhere with French on their shunters anyway (DB)

It is just two weeks since DB Cargo announced another international flow, bringing goods from Spain into the UK. RailFreight.com reported the new service here.

Author: Simon Walton

Simon Walton is RailFreight's UK correspondent.

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