A rail freight service launched to transport containers from the Port of Liverpool to Scotland has been a major success, according to its operator Peel Ports, and has helped to minimise pressure on local roads.
Since launching in August 2018 the rail service has saved over half a million road miles being driven on the UK’s motorways. It has also resulted in a significant reduction in HGV movements around Seaforth, and saved around 500 tonnes of carbon dioxide in the process.
In excess of 2500 containers packed with imports have already travelled from Liverpool to Mossend terminal in Glasgow using the service, giving Scottish exporters a new route to international markets. Containers are returning to the Mersey with goods including food and drink destined for overseas via direct deep-sea routes from Liverpool.
Peel Ports has a longstanding commitment to reducing road haulage miles locally around the Port of Liverpool. It launched a rail route between Liverpool and Drax Power Station in 2015, shipping biomass pellets to the site in North Yorkshire.
Jouke Schaap, Container Director at Peel Ports, said: “Cargo owners are always looking for the most efficient ways of getting their goods from A to B. By moving cargo using a range of transport modes including rail, our service has been able to offer a cost effective solution for the trunk haul, storage and last mile delivery of containers. It has proven attractive to a number of shipping lines and forwarders, and has also given Scottish exporters greater exposure to global markets. With this in mind we expect the service to grow further in 2019.”
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