China last week once again exhibited what its big ticket vision can deliver when the first Chinese freight train arrived in London last week after completing a 7,500 miles journey. The initiative is part of China’s plans to build viable commercial routes across Europe and Asia.
The train, which took 18 days to reach London, had started from Yiwu, a wholesale market town in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang. On its way, it passed through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France before making it to its final destination. Carsten Pottharst, managing director of Switzerland-based InterRail Group, the train’s operator, exuded confidence that more such services will become operational between China and Britain.”This moment was important to show that we can run the train in less than 18 days to the UK,” he said. “It depends also on how much cargo we can get from the UK to China – if we can manage to get more trains eastbound, then there could be more.”