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New logistics gateway to Europe from Port of Workington

The Port of Workington in Cumbria is working with DRS, the UK’s leading national rail freight operator and TDG, one of Europe’s leading supply chain specialists, to open up a new containerized end-to-end logistics option at the North West Port.

This collaboration will develop the port into a significant container and logistics hub for the UK’s North West region.

One of the particular strengths of the port is its integral part in a new container service route that will include Rotterdam, Belfast/Dublin and Workington, details of which are currently being finalised.

Last November, Port of Workington secured expansion investment of £4.0 million from Nuclear Management Partners alongside £1.7 million from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority via the Britain’s Energy Coast initiative. It has already installed a new harbour mobile crane to enable it to handle large shipping containers from all over Europe, and continues to improve its infrastructure.

"This collaboration will make it far easier for our customers to access all transportation modes around the port," says Colin Sharpe, Business Development Manager at Port of Workington. "They will just have a single point of contact, whether they need rail, road or sea transport. We’re taking port-centric logistics very seriously indeed."

David Barron, International Services Director at TDG says, "It’s a great opportunity to utilise the expertise of all three companies to create the optimum service for international customers. TDG will be pivotal in providing forwarding/facilitation to a seamless flow throughout the supply chain".

"Our track record at the Ports of Teesside, Tilbury, Dagenham, Felixstowe and Bilbao coupled with our growing international services portfolio demonstrates our skill levels in this area.

"We are looking forward to being able to forge growth and a sustainable future for the new services at the Port of Workington".

"DRS is delighted to be working together with the Port of Workington and TDG to bring port centric logistics to the North West region," says Neil McNicholas, Managing Director for DRS. "The introduction of the lowliner wagons by DRS along with the recent investment at the Port of Workington will open up opportunities for the area. Working together is the way forward in providing a premium logistics solution to the market place".

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