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Logistics UK applauds new rail freight service to Doncaster


Logistics UK has welcomed the launch of a rail freight connected service at iPort Rail, Doncaster last week.

The new service, launched by the privately-owned logistics company Woodland Group, will move containers between the ports of Felixstowe and Southampton with further services to London Gateway and Immingham to follow. More than 140 container movements are expected each month.

The move comes after Woodland Group opened a 195,000 sq ft fulfilment and distribution facility at the 800-acre multimodal logistics hub iPort. The site is located next to the rail terminal, which runs eight daily services moving around 2,000 containers through the facility each week.

Luke Fermor, Global Fulfilment Manager, Woodland Group, said: “We're conscious of our role in providing solutions that will help our clients optimise their supply chains and reduce their emissions where possible. This strategic partnership with iPort Rail and the new routes we're building together represent our continued drive to engineer supply chain solutions that will make a difference. We're encouraged by the enthusiasm and commitment our customers across the globe show in supporting our carbon conscious efforts and will continue to push to develop initiatives further."

Zoe McLernon, Multimodal Policy Manager at Logistics UK, said, “This type of joined-up multimodal operation is to be applauded. Freight services like this, which link warehousing operations with rail, show what is possible when rail freight is integrated into a port’s infrastructure. If the UK is to meet the government’s exacting new targets to reduce emissions by 78%, it is imperative that more freight shifts from road to rail.”

*www.logistics.org.uk/rail

Published On: 29/04/2021 17:00:09

 

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