Caroline Flint was shown the latest in green transportation at Doncaster iPort Rail terminal this week.
The Don Valley MP was given a tour of the 30 acre secure container site located at iPort by David Cross, Commercial Director of iPort Rail, before stepping into the cab of a reach stacker to see how containers are safely moved between trains and HGVs.
Said Caroline: “A close up view of a 30 tonne container being moved as easily as a claw crane in an arcade game - what better way to see what iPort Rail is all about? Some days I just love my job!
“iPort Rail is perfectly located to take container freight to and from major ports anywhere in the UK. Today we saw a train from Teesport bringing goods from Europe; another day it could have been a train from Southampton with goods from Asia.
“Just one of these trains can take more than 70 lorries off our roads. When major firms have located distribution centres in Doncaster, such as Amazon, IKEA and Next; and with many more household names, such as Asos, also located in South Yorkshire, it is so easy to see the potential for this strategic rail freight terminal to be at the heart of moving goods and construction materials around Yorkshire and beyond.
“Whether you are ordering some new shoes, a TV or garden furniture for the summer, the goods may have been shipped thousands of miles before they reach you. We all need those goods to be moved seamlessly, quickly and with the minimum of wasted energy. iPort Rail – right here in the heart of Doncaster – is a key part of that journey.
“I’m very excited that iPort Rail, which already employs 15 staff and is recruiting more, can play a central role in moving goods smoothly from ship to rail to road and back again.”
“In just a year, this brilliant centre, capable of taking trains 750 metres long, is proving how important it can be for Doncaster and for the North.”
David Cross, Commercial Manager at iPort Rail, added: “Driving past iPort on the Great Yorkshire Way most people are struck by the large warehouse buildings in operation but don’t often get the chance to see our rail terminal in action.
“We’ve been delighted to have the chance to show what a difference this logistics hub and its rail freight facility is making to the region’s businesses. We load and unload several hundred tonnes of goods each day, helping companies reach customers across the world as well as bringing goods into Yorkshire to meet demand.
“The number of services we’re running is also set to increase by the end of the year with operators already trialling new routes to increase capacity.”