Modal shift from road to rail is vital for greener, more sustainable supply chains. DP World’s Modal Shift Programme recognises this, potentially playing an important role in reducing congestion on some of Britain’s busiest motorways and in doing so, reducing carbon emissions and improving local air quality.At Freightliner we are committed to driving modal shift and the launch of our Intermodal Logistics division is a key part of simplifying our service for customers by combining our rail, our terminals and our road offerings. The Modal Shift Programme announced by DP World should be equally important, as it seeks to address the economic challenge that rail freight faces in securing this modal shift from road.
Modal shift to rail will be crucial to support the UK’s journey to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Rail is the most sustainable mode of transporting freight around the country. Each intermodal freight service can remove the equivalent of 52 HVGs off our roads, with an average diesel-hauled freight service producing up to 76% less CO₂ emissions per tonne than road transport.
“Freightliner and DP World have been working together in operating rail services from Southampton for many decades. Despite the clear environmental benefits of rail freight in pursuit of Net Zero, modal shift from road remains challenging.” Chris Lawrenson, Freightliner’s Managing Director Intermodal Logistics. “We are working with new and existing customers to help ensure that the DP World Modal Shift Programme is a success in driving change. We wish DP World every success with this innovative scheme.”
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About G&W/ Freightliner
A part of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W), Freightliner is the UK’s largest maritime intermodal logistics operator, transporting containers from all major deep-sea ports to our national network of inland terminals, as well as a leading operator in the UK Heavy Haul rail freight market. Pentalver, a sister brand to Freightliner, is a leading UK container logistics services provider.
Globally, G&W is a market leading owner and operator of freight railroads owning or leasing 115 freight railroads worldwide with 7,000 employees servicing 3,000 customers. Source: Rail Partners, Freight Expectations March 2023