Telford International Railfreight Park names new operator

A new operator has been appointed by Telford and Wrekin Council to run a struggling rail-freight depot.

Last year John G Russell Limited pulled out of its 15-year lease after just two years running the Telford International Railfreight Park.

John G Russell said it could not sustain the depot's losses.

The German firm DB Schenker Rail has been appointed as the new operator at the site, which cost £10m to build and opened in 2009.

The new company said it hoped to increase volumes at the depot, which can load or unload up to four trains a day, handling goods normally hauled by road.

The 26-acre site in Donnington was part-funded by £4.2m of EU money, and DB Schenker was appointed after a formal EU procurement process.

The logistics firm will take on the connection charges and operating costs at the site, Telford and Wrekin Council said.

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