China launches first freight train to BRITAIN: Service carrying clothing and bags will travel 7,456 miles and reach London after 18 days
The first freight train travelling all the way from China to London has set off - on a journey that will cover a staggering 7,456 miles and pass through nine countries.
The locomotive, stuffed with £4million worth of goods including socks and suitcases, departed from Yiwu West railway station in Zhejiang Province, China on Sunday.
Its epic journey will come to an end in Barking, east London, having been trundling along for 18 days.
It is part of a drive to improve trade links with Europe, with the route cheaper than air freight and faster than transporting goods by sea.
Its route will snake through China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium, France and finally Britain.
Thomas, Leeds, 1 day ago
Enterprising Brits should be using the return journey to export our goods. There is a massive demand for western goods in China.
TheGnostic, Vitoria, Spain, 2 days ago
Interesting. And what are we selling to Chiina in return?? Errrmmm... Ahhhh..... Ok, answers on a postcard.
On the button, UK, United Kingdom, 3 days ago
I wonder who else will be hitching a ride over.
poshhightea, Melbourne, Australia, 3 days ago
China produces absolute junk. They will be in the train by the millions to buy your real estate and education.
The Awkward Squad, Worst Rated Section, United Kingdom, 3 days ago
I wonder what we could fill that train with on the return trip? Hmmmm....
Puuhl, Los Angeles, United States, 3 days ago
Lucky you! Bringing their crappy products to your doorstep and returning home with insane profits and your jobs.
Notting Hill Snob, London, 3 days ago
Milk will be sour by the time it gets here.
John Son Tan, Uranus, Malaysia, 3 days ago
not sure bout milk..but your grapes sure is sour
Nova Scotia Guy, Cole Harbour, Canada, 3 days ago
JammyJamaican, An Independent, United Kingdom, 3 days ago
Does anyone else worry about how reliant the West has become on China? They manufacture almost everything these days. Soon this dependency will come back to haunt us all.
Old Robert, Worcester UK, 3 days ago
A century and more ago it was the United States..... Today it's China..........10 years from now it'll be someone else. He who can produce quality cheaply (and China CAN, now...) will sell their products......
preacher john, sheffield, United Kingdom, 3 days ago
A great way to pave the infrastructure for future troop carrying.
maaggy, Lazio, Italy, 3 days ago
China tests more independent route than, controlled by US, oceans.
Fizzyhair, Devon, United Kingdom, 3 days ago
Just imagine how many migrants can get into our country undetected on this train .
Jim Conte, Myerstown Pennsylvania, United States, 3 days ago
Standard Gauge, 1,435 mm, is a wonderful thing in uniting us.
Lloyd Fairweather, norwich, United Kingdom, 4 days ago
is it using the chunnel on the crossing to get to london ?
Lurker, Wales Land, United Kingdom, 3 days ago
Either that or its one of those floating trains...
three curls, huddersfield, United Kingdom, 3 days ago
but how many more migrants will it bring in i wonder ?.
Martin, Scotland, United Kingdom, 3 days ago
It's a train line mate - not an escalator to the moon
SAMSUNG for 2017, Vacationing in Manila, Philippines, 5 days ago
Nice! A good start in today's globalised world and economy. (^_^)