First Freight Train Service From China To London
By MEHER ONISA : 04-Jan-2017
As a part of President Xi Jinping’s undivided efforts to toughen the trade ties between China and Europe, the country has begun its first ever freight train service to London. London is now marked as the 15th European city with direct trains from China.
London is now marked as the 15th European city with direct trains from China.
The cargo caravan will take its way from the well known wholesale hub of Yiwu situated in the eastern province of Zhejiang. The locomotive is scheduled to travel for 18 long days covering a distance of more than 7,500 miles (12,000 km) reaching to Britain.
En route, the goods carrier will voyage through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France before arriving to its final destination in London.
The UK Prime Minister Ms. Theresa May has called this development as a ‘golden one’ to intensify relationship between the duos. As Britain has prepared to leave the European Union, Ms. May seeks pumping billions of dollars in Chinese investment.
However, Former British PM David Cameron criticised the China-British allies. He had pushed the bid in favour of his nation that must have emerged as a pre-eminent gateway to the world.
The first train took its course from Yiwu on January 1 and will range more than 12,000 km (7,500 miles) in 18 days before reaching London, China Railway Corp.
The large cargo vessel carrier has the capacity to carry about 200 containers while sailing between East Asia and northern Europe. This will make railways a competitive option when maritime shipments are held up or under air crisis.
Kingdom of Brunel has scaled success with the operation of China-Madrid freight train that has been shuttling for more than a year and being ranked as the world’s longest rail service.