Joint freight terminal gets away to a flying start.
American-owned Parsec says the number of distributors using the terminal is already 20 per cent above target since the opening by Deputy Prime Minister Mr John Prescott in July.
In November the 5,000th container unit arrived and by the end of 1997 Parsec had handled 9,000 units at Hams Hall.
It is estimated that the terminal will eventually take up to one million lorry journeys a year off the UK motorway network.
"We believe our business will reach 32,000 units in 1998," said Mr Ken Anderson, sales and marketing manager for Parsec Europe.
"Plans are in hand to introduce more trains and the first improvement starts on January 19 when our three-days-a-week service to Metz will increase to five days a week."
He said more Midland companies exporting to mainland Europe were switching to rail as the Channel Tunnel had significantly reduced transit times and costs to key centres.
At present all freight trains go to the congested Wembley depot before they are re-scheduled to the Tunnel, but soon trains will go straight from Hams Hall to centres like Milan saving a further three hours.