It is the latest initiative in removing shipping containers from the road and on to rail services and will carry goods to and from the Suffolk port.

Hundreds of shipping containers (boxes) can be moved every week on the new direct service.

The first locomotive on the service left Birch Coppice at 14:14 on January 23, 2019 and arrived at Felixstowe at 20:14, having passed through Hams Hall, Leicester, Peterborough and Ipswich along the way.

Made up of 33 platforms, the service transports a mixture of intermodal containers, and will initially run five days a week.