THE NEW SILK ROAD

Rail Freight Group

It is rare, indeed practically unheard of, for rail freight to feature on headline news. But the arrival in Barking of the first train to operate from China did seem to capture the public imagination. Stuffed not with silk, but modern textiles and socks, the 34 containers had made an 18-day transit from Yiwu Xi station in China’s Zhejiang province, travelling across Eurasia and through the Channel Tunnel to reach the UK.

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