China to Operate Freight Train to United Kingdom
The China Railway Corporation said it launched freight train service to London Sunday.
The train, which will take 18 days to cover over 7,400 miles (11,909 kilometers) from Yiwu West Railway Station in Zhejiang Province, Eastern China to Barking, London, will traverse eight countries including Russia, Poland, Germany, Belgium, and France before arriving in the United Kingdom, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.
Yiwu, a city of 1.2 million people, is known for producing small commodity products such as household items, garments, cloth, bags and suitcases. Barking is a suburb of London, historically known for fishing and agriculture and now is a large retail and commercial center.
The move is part of the China’s strategy that was unveiled in 2013 to connect Asia with Europe and Africa along old Silk Road trading routes.
London is the 15th city to be added to the China-Europe run and the United Kingdom is the eighth country.
(Photo: Accura Media Group)