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First ever service from UK to China leaves Essex hauled by DB Cargo UK

Today (Monday 10th April) the first ever rail freight service from the UK to China set off on its 7,500 mile journey, carrying a range of British goods including soft drinks and pharmaceutical products.

The service, hauled by a DB Cargo UK locomotive, departed from DP World London Gateway in South Essex and will now travel for 17 days to Yiwu in the Zhejiang province in Eastern China.

DB Cargo UK is transporting the train on the first leg of its journey from London Gateway to Duisberg in Germany, via the Channel Tunnel. The train will then continue through Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan before reaching Yiwu in China.

Various companies will handle the journey along the route, which is operated by the InterRail Group on behalf of China Railway.

This inaugural service is part of China’s One Belt, One Road, programme, which also saw the first ever rail freight service from China to the UK arrive at DB Cargo UK’s London Eurohub in January 2017.

Last modified: 10.04.2017


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