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Freight train sets off on 7,500 mile journey from China to Barking

PUBLISHED: 15:47 03 January 2017 | UPDATED: 15:55 03 January 2017

The first freight train from the eastern Chinese province of Yiwu to Barking is due to arrive this afternoon as part of Chinese leader Xi Jinping's rail strategy. Picture: PA Images.

The first freight train from the eastern Chinese province of Yiwu to Barking is due to arrive this afternoon as part of Chinese leader Xi Jinping's rail strategy. Picture: PA Images.

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A new trade route has opened up after a freight train began its journey to Barking – from China.

The first train will arrive at the DB Cargo hub in Ripple Road, Barking, in a fortnight.The first train will arrive at the DB Cargo hub in Ripple Road, Barking, in a fortnight.

The first train, which set off on Sunday, will cover 7,500 miles, passing through seven countries to reach DB Cargo’s London Eurohub in Ripple Road, Barking, in just 18 days.

Part of Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s “one belt, one road” strategy, the route will be the latest in a tally of 39 routes to bolster business between China and Europe.

After departing Yiwu in eastern Zhejiang province the train is due to arrive in a fortnight.

Jamie Banks of the Barking and Dagenham Chamber of Commerce said the news reached him like a “bolt from the blue” after China Railway Corporation made the announcement yesterday.

“I couldn’t believe it when I first heard it,” he said. “It’s really, really interesting, it will put Barking on the map and generate more business in Barking and Dagenham.”

The 200-container freight will take half as long as the 30-day trip by sea, exporting British goods back to China.


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