DB Cargo UK is the largest rail freight haulier in the UK. It operates freight and infrastructure services, as well as passenger charter trains throughout the UK
The company was born in 1996 when assets from the former British Rail freight business were used to form English Welsh and Scottish Railway (EWS).
In 2007 Deutsche Bahn AG acquired all shares in the company and renamed it DB Cargo UK in 2016.
On 24th October 2018 DB Cargo UK opened a new £6 million steel logistics centre in the West Midlands. Over the previous 12 months the company had more than doubled the size of its existing facility in Knowles Road, Wolverhampton, which receives imported steel from as far afield as Holland and Sweden.
The £6 million project is one of the largest investments in rail freight in the past five years and will be used by some of the world’s biggest steel companies including ArcelorMittal, Tata Steel and SSAB.
DB Cargo UK offers a new service that enables customers to view their rail freight deliveries in real time via an online tracking system.
The new web-based portal allows DB Cargo UK customers to see the number and type of wagons on their service, as well as exactly what progress the loco is making at any given time. Responsive to all mobile devices the portal is easy to use and can be accessed on the go.
DB Cargo stated in July 2018 that it would power all its rail sites and offices with a hundred per cent renewable electricity by 2020. It will do this by equipping its entire fleet with smart sensors, smart telematics systems and whisper breaks.
As part of a three-year agreement, SSE Business Energy will supply all sites belonging to DB Cargo UK and will allow the rail freight company to report zero carbon emission electricity, preventing an estimated 5,000 tonnes of CO2e from entering the atmosphere each year. The volume of carbon saved is the equivalent to powering almost 4,000 homes with green electricity or taking circa 17 million miles driven by an average car off the road.
Focus on freight
DB Cargo UK’s Chief Executive Hans-Georg Werner was appointed Chairman of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) Freight Board in June 2018.
The Board’s strategic priorities for 2018 would include ensuring sustainable track access charges for CP6 and beyond, the development of HS2 and strategic freight capacity on the UK network.
DB Cargo UK was awarded Rail Freight Operator of the Year at the Global Freight Awards 2018 in London on 15th November 2018.
The annual awards are run by Lloyds Loading List, which provides commericial advice, analysis and intelligence to some of the world’s biggest maritime and freight forwarding companies.
DB Cargo also picked up several awards a few months earlier at the Rail Freight Awards. The introduction of the company’s new Business Resource Planning Tool was named overall winner of the Innovation and Technical Development category. The company also came runner-up in the Rail Freight Project of the Year category for the conversion of 110 redundant coal hoppers into new, state-of-the-art HRA aggregate hopper wagons.
DB Cargo UK’s Head of Service Design, Kate Turner (23) won the ‘Above and Beyond’ award at the FTA Everywoman In Transport and Logistics Awards.
The award is presented annually to a woman in the freight industry that has truly gone above and beyond her role to help drive an organisation’s success.
In November 2017 DB Cargo UK announced its commitment to re-engineering 110 HTA coal hoppers into new state of the art HRA aggregate hopper wagons.
Working in partnership with Axiom Rail and WH Davis at sites in Stoke and Mansfield respectively, the length of the coal hopper wagons is reduced by 20 per cent without reducing capacity at all. This allows more wagons to be transported per train, increasing the potential payload tonnage of the train by 447 tonnes for the same length (based on a 22 HTA wagon set and a 27 HRA wagon set).
DB Cargo UK also debuted its first jumbo train of 34 wagons in September 2017 when it transported limestone from CEMEX’s Wenvoe and Taff’s Well quarries, on the outskirts of Cardiff for use in the production of asphalt and concrete in London and the South East.
Chief Executive Officer: Hans-George Werner
Chief Financial Officer: Andrea Rossi
Chief Operations Officer: Dirk Nolte
Head of Safety and Operations: David Ethell