Freightliner is an intermodal and bulk haulage rail freight company operating in the UK, Continental Europe and the Middle East

Founded in 1965 in the UK the company has since expanded across Europe and into the Middle East. After a few years operating only intermodal services from ports like Southampton and Tilbury to Birmingham, Manchester and others, Freightliner began operating infrastructure trains for Network Rail in 1999. In the first ten years after privatisation Freightliner trebled the number of services it ran.

Freightliner is owned by Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W). G&W owns or leases 122 freight railroads worldwide organised in nine locally managed operating regions with 8,000 employees serving 3,000 customers.

New services 

On 5th November 2018 Freightliner operated its first train into the Cricklewood South Freight siding in north London. The connection is for bulk spoil trains and is part of a remodelling of the railway facilities to provide additional EMU stabling and a new station at Brent Cross West. Also in November 2018, Freightliner began operating a service from Bristol to Banbury and Southampton three times a week for Tarmac.


Freightliner is the leading UK intermodal rail freight operator for the transportation of maritime containers with a comprehensive network offering the complete logistics package or trunk rail moves.

Operating around a hundred services daily, Freightliner moves over 770,000 maritime containers per year from the deep-sea ports of Felixstowe, Southampton and London Gateway to all major conurbations in the UK, offering total coverage of the UK network.

Freightliner is the only UK rail freight operator with its own fleet of modern tractor units and trailers to compliment the rail operations and ensure that Freightliner offers the total logistics solution to their customer base.


In September 2017 a rail depot contained within Freightliner’s existing Garston complex, which will take around 10,000 trucks off the roads every year, was opened by the Mayor for Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram and MP for Garston and Halewood, Maria Eagle.

The operation, created by construction solutions provider Tarmac in partnership with rail freight operating company Freightliner and terminal handling business Rail Freight Services, will receive up to 300,000 tonnes of aggregates a year for onward supply to Tarmac customers across Merseyside and Cheshire.

Rolling Stock

The bulk of the fleet is made up of Class 66 locomotives, which were introduced in 1998.

In 2009 Freightliner introduced 19 Powerhaul locomotives; these have the same haulage capacity of 1,800 tonnes and run at the same speed.

Steel supply chain

In 2016 Freightliner was awarded the contract for British Steel’s rail haulage of raw materials to Scunthorpe Steelworks.

Since then, teams from Freightliner and British Steel’s Immingham Bulk Terminal and Ore Blending Plant have collaborated to improve the process flow, removing a massive bottleneck in the last stage of the supply chain feeding the steelworks, resulting in a more efficient operation which meets British Steel’s demanding delivery schedule to keep the furnaces fed with ore and coal.

In order to achieve this, Freightliner consulted with British Steel to gain a thorough understanding of their precise requirements so that they could design a suitable train plan which has enabled British Steel to focus on producing steel as opposed to worrying about deliveries of raw materials.

Freightliner commercial director, David Israel said: ‘The hard work and close working relationship between the British Steel and Freightliner teams has paid dividends. As a result, we have delivered a more efficient train plan which has directly contributed to the on-going success of the British Steel brand.’

CEO G&W UK/Europe Region : Gary Long Chief
Commercial Officer: Adam Cunliffe
Chief Financial Officer: Charles Noble
Engineering and Operations Services Director: Tim Shakerley
MD – Rail Services: Neil McNicholas
Commercial Director – Bulk: David Israel
Commercial Director – Rail: Clive Slayford
Head of UK Rail: Andrew Murphy
Planning & Resources Director: Mike Leadbetter
General Manager – UK Operations Projects: Jon Bunyan
UK Engineering Production Director: Dave Curtis

Address: 3rd Floor, 90 Whitfield Street, London, W1T 4EZ
Phone: 020 7200 3974