New Silk Road, first train from London leaves for China


LONDON: The journey to connect London to China by reviving the old silk road  under China’s One Belt, One Road initiative started with the first rail freight service from the UK to China on Monday.

The train set off on its 7,500-mile journey from Essex, as both Britain and China look to bolster their trading credentials across the world.

The train will pass through France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan and arrive in the city of Yiwu in Zhejiang province in eastern China on 27 April.

Xubin Feng, chairman of Yiwu Timex Industrial Investment Co, which is organising the service, said restoring the Silk Road route was “an important and exciting initiative”.

The journey is cheaper than air freight and faster than sea freight.

The train is carrying soft drinks, vitamins and baby products in 30 containers from UK.

UK international trade minister Greg Hands said the rail link “shows the huge global demand for quality UK goods”.