Maritime Transport to operate SEGRO railway

Maritime Transport has agreed terms with SEGRO to become the rail operator at SEGRO Logistics Park Northampton.

The deal includes the long-term lease of a new, 17-acre intermodal rail terminal and wider management role for Maritime. It will provide Northampton occupiers with new, low carbon freight connections from UK container ports and other inland rail terminals with capacity for up to 16 daily trains when fully operational.

SEGRO Managing Director, National Logistics, Andrew Pilsworth, said it was a pleasure to have Maritime on board.

“Following the successful growth and operation of the first rail freight terminal at SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway, it’s great to have Maritime on board to deliver the next phase at the site as well as the purpose-built strategic rail interchange at SEGRO Logistics Park Northampton,” he said.

“Both locations will serve as critical links in UK supply chains and connect to the country’s rail network and ports, creating greater efficiency and resilience as well as supporting local economic growth.”

Maritime Executive Chairman, John Williams, said the new interchange will provide a lot of benefits for SEGRO’s customers.

“These developments, at SEGRO Logistics Park Northampton and SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway, are important, long-term commitments for Maritime to reduce our environmental footprint by developing a network of low carbon, strategic freight connections across the country to promote modal shift from road to rail for container transport and for domestic distribution, with local distribution by electric-powered trucks,” he said.

“Building and operating modern, inland rail freight interchanges, supported by the largest dedicated fleet of vehicles in the country, enables us to deliver terminal to terminal rail solutions and highly efficient rail to door and door to rail services for our customers who are looking for long term, supply chain protection and sustainable transport solutions.”

Maritime will also be making additional investments at the site, including the construction of a high specification, four-storey office with welfare facilities, new container handling equipment and provisions for electric truck and car charging infrastructure.

In a separate agreement, both companies have agreed to extend the rail facility at SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway, doubling the capacity of the terminal.

In other news, logistics company, Kuehne + Nagel, launched an Electric Vehicle (EV) service for airport transfers in Mumbai, India, earlier this month.

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