The first container train travelling between China and the UK has arrived at the DB Cargo UK terminal at the London Eurohub in Barking. The train is operated by the InterRail Group on behalf of China Railway subsidiary CRIMT (China Railway International Multimodal Transport). Various freight railways were involved along the 12,000 kilometre route and DB Cargo is responsible for the section from Duisburg to London via the Channel Tunnel.
The train originated in Yiwu in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang. It reached London in around 18 days, making it twice as fast as ship transport. The train was loaded primarily with textiles and other consumer goods. The 34’x40‘ containers required specifically for the UK were loaded at Deutsche Bahn container platforms at the Duisburg container terminal, which are specially approved for the Channel Tunnel.
The UK is just the latest destination added to the China–Europe rail link. The train is initially being operated as a test train. London is one more international connection for the InterRail Group, along with Duisburg, Madrid, Afghanistan and Riga, on the “One Belt – One Road” corridor, an initiative of the Chinese government.