Spanish fruits and vegetables on express train to UK supermarket

UK’s supermarket chain Tesco has turned to rail freight for the delivery of fruits and vegetables from the UK. Transfesa Logistics begins this month a new international express rail service with refrigerated wagons.

In this first stage, two daily trains depart from the Almussafes terminal in Valencia, heading to the Barking terminal in the UK. A new departure time has been established for the express service, which will be at eight in the morning. The goal is to achieve a maximum of 60 hours transit time. In this way, the food can be collected the same day and the freshness of the food is guaranteed.

Further transport

The UK terminal is operated by DB Cargo, to which Transfesa Logistics belongs. It is a strategic point located in the southeast of the country. On this international itinerary, the wagons pass through the axle changer at the Cerbère station to adapt, through a simple and quick operation, to the UIC gauge.

In order to transport the goods on the UK high-speed line, the corresponding permits have been requested. The service may be doubled or tripled in the future depending on the client’s needs. It will be reviewed on a monthly basis.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of RailFreight.com, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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