BRITISH rail freight operator, Freightliner, has announced plans to launch 25 additional services starting on October 2 including two new routes.

The expansion starts with the introduction of a new route from the port of Felixstowe to Daventry in the Midlands, which Freightliner says is traditionally a competitive short-haul route for freight logistics. The new service “pushes the boundaries of rail freight offering significant carbon savings to the traditional road haulage solution,” Freightliner says.

“We are constantly looking at new innovative ways to offer our customers more carbon efficient services,” says Mr Chris Lawrenson, Freightliner’s managing director, intermodal logistics. “For every intermodal train introduced, up to 52 HGVs are removed from our congested roads and up to 76% carbon emissions are saved. This new service to rail freight will not only support the modal shift but help to reduce the congestion we all experience along the main A14 road link between Felixstowe and Daventry.”

A second new route will also be launched on October 2 from the port of Southampton to Cardiff, which. Freightliner says will enable customers to take advantage of DP World’s new modal shift programme.

Other services launching on October 2 include:

  • Grangemouth, Scotland - Daventry
  • Southampton - Leeds
  • Felixstowe - Manchester
  • Manchester - Birmingham
  • Birmingham - London Gateway and
  • Birmingham - Felixstowe.

“We have added these new services with both service delivery and efficiency in mind,” says Freightliner’s CEO, Mr Tim Shoveller. “We are committed to pushing the boundaries of rail freight by offering simplified and streamlined solutions for our customers which support that all important modal shift to rail.”

Freightliner is a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming, United States.