Tuesday, 01 September 2015

'Important' Stobart rail-freight operation praised

TRANSPORT Minister Norman Baker has praised the logistics giant Stobart Group’s rail-freight operation.

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The company, which began life as the Eddie Stobart road haulage business in Cumbria, now has an international rail-freight operation and owns Southend Airport in Essex.

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Mr Baker visited 3MG, Stobart Group’s Multimodal Gateway in Widnes, Cheshire, yesterdayMON JAN 28 following the Government’s announcement on high-speed rail links to the North West and Leeds.

He was greeted by operating officer William Stobart and Stobart Rail managing director Liam Martin.

Mr Baker said: “Stobart is doing a very important job in the region with the extensive rail freight operation here at 3MG.

“With the West Coast Mainline freed up for more freight capacity as a result of HS2, there is a great opportunity for businesses such as Stobart in the North.”

Stobart Rail Freight, in partnership with Tesco, runs the largest fast-moving-consumer-goods rail operation in the UK with a network stretching from Inverness to Valencia in Spain.


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