Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Intermodal Freight Contract will Reduce Road Haulage Burden Says Channel Tunnel Group

New Arrangement Sees Five Trains Per Week for Multimodal Logistics Operator
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UK – FRANCE – Glasgow based multimodal operator John G Russell, has contracted Eurotunnel rail freight subsidiary, Europorte, to run a Cross-Channel Intermodal rail service for its supply chain solutions customers 2XL and Novatrans. The service, which will start this month, will comprise five trains per week between Dourges (near Lille) and Barking, transporting products for Procter and Gamble. Eurotunnel has pointed out that this type of arrangement shows the efficiencies that can be gained by reducing unnecessary road haulage and ground handling whilst also limiting carbon emissions for logistics outfits which are increasingly seeking environmentally friendly alternatives.

The trains will travel through the Channel Tunnel and then be routed via High Speed 1, the Canadian owned railway which links the Tunnel through to London’s St. Pancras station. The teams from Europorte and Russell have brought together all the interested parties to achieve what they describe as ‘a major step forward’ utilising a route that achieves European gauge capability, with delivery right to the outskirts of London.

Eurotunnel points out that the new arrangement underlines the competitive option offered by cross-Channel rail freight compared to maritime routes and says that it gives further weight to the argument that the Atlantic Rail freight Corridor (ARC), which will link the Pyrenees to Dourges, should be extended through the Channel Tunnel to Great Britain to improve its profitability.