Eddie Stobart has announced the launch of its new train service, connecting the Port of Tilbury to Tesco’s site in Daventry, and then Daventry to Mossend, Scotland.
This is Eddie Stobart’s first ever train service to run from the Port of Tilbury, with the capacity to travel with between 30 and 36 containers. Rail continues to be a key focus for Eddie Stobart Logistics due to the reduced carbon emissions. It will now be possible to connect ports in Southern England to central Scotland without the use of roads.
The Eddie Stobart branded train will be running three days a week between the Port of Tilbury and Daventry, and twice weekly from Daventry to Mossend.
John Clark, Sector Director at Eddie Stobart said:
“The ability to link London Ports by rail to central Scotland is something we have been looking to launch for some time and the interest in this new service has been extremely encouraging. It’s an exciting step that sees Eddie Stobart Logistics continuing to broaden its complete end-to-end logistics offering, while remaining focused on how we can offer environmentally conscious transportation solutions.”
The train service is launched as part of a four-month trial, with a view to being rolled out fully in 2019.
Ross McKissock, Asset Manager at London Container Terminal added:
“This new service underpins our commitment to provide sustainable and cost effective logistics solutions for our customers, aiding growth and competitiveness in the supply chain. The service is made possible thanks to Eddie Stobart’s collaboration with Port of Tilbury, Direct Rail Services, JF Hillebrand and Samskip.”
Separately, John Hawksworth has joined Eddie Stobart Logistics as general manager
Hawksworth, previously with Premier Logistics, Birds Transport and AM Widdowson, has joined as general manager of Eddie Stobart's retail division.
Hawksworth left his role as group general manager at Premier Logistics after nearly three years with the Leicestershire-based firm in June.
He has worked at a series of hauliers including the now defunct Birds Transport and Logistics, where he was a director and general manager for close to a year and a half ending in August 2015.
He was previously commercial director for 14 years at AM Widdowson, but left before its sale to HLD in 2015.
Eddie Stobart Logistics' turnover increased by a quarter in the first half of its trading year, as a mix of acquisitions, organic growth and contract wins proved an engine for growth.