iPort Rail


South Yorkshire has an expanding and growing rail sector and supply chain. Our rail cluster has more than 8,000 skilled employees in over 50 companies, with a wide variety of nationalities operating within the region including German, American, Japanese, Swedish, Dutch, Swiss and Australian.

Well-connected with iPort Rail

In 2018, HRH The Princess Royal opened iPort Rail located in South Yorkshire. It is a state-of-the-art multimodal rail terminal which opens the region with road, rail and air connections for national and international freight transport.

Located on a 30-acre site, iPort Rail can accommodate the UK’s longest trains up to six times a day.  Freight services run 6 days a week moving 500 containers a day.

In July 2019, a dedicated rail freight service between Teesport and Doncaster was launched in partnership with GB Railfreight. The twice-daily rail service removes 120 daily road movements from the UK road network – a journey of 90 miles each way per vehicle, reducing CO2 emissions by 76% and increasing sustainability.

Supporting on Education in Rail

Unipart Rail launches the new UKRRIN Technology and Innovation Hub

The UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN), the £92 million partnership between academia and industry, has launched a new  Technology and Innovation Hub at Unipart Rail’s Headquarters in Doncaster. The Hub supports the rail sector in translating academic research and innovation to solve strategic industry challenges and to enable and develop the next generation of products and services.

Innovating with Tram-Trains

In October 2018, South Yorkshire became home to the very first Tram-Train in the UK! This pioneering technology allows passengers to make a single continuous journey connecting tram stops and conventional rail stations.


Centrally located with unrivalled specialised logistics and infrastructure, see what Doncaster can offer you.