On Monday 10 April the first rail freight service from the UK to China departed on its 7,500 mile journey from DP World London Gateway rail terminal for the city of Yiwu in Zhejiang province, eastern China.  The cargo locomotive, carrying 30 containers full of British goods, will pass through France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan, before arriving in China on 27 April.

This trading route is part of China’s One Belt, One Road programme, an attempt to revive the Silk Road trading routes with western countries.   “DP World London Gateway, one of the UK’s largest logistics hubs, is designed and developed to ensure products can be both imported and exported from the UK via ship or train in a faster, safer and more reliable way than ever before,” DP World chief executive Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said, “We look forward to enabling and facilitating more trade between the UK, China and the whole world.”