Release Date: 11 June 2008
Release ID: 1035
GEFCO has revealed that a rail link to transport vans between Portbury and its Sandtoft regional distribution centre in South Yorkshire, has taken more than 4,000 truck journeys off the road during its first year in operation.
The rail link operates with a daily train completing the transportation of vans from the ports of Salerno in Italy, and Borusan in Turkey. Up to 50 vehicles can be transported on each train, while the wider chassis and longer wheelbase of modern vans means just three vehicles can be accommodated on a road transporter.
GEFCO has been trialling a number of rail routes between key UK ports and its major automotive centres in Sheerness, Corby and Sandtoft. Earlier this year it trialled a peak season distribution route between Sheerness Port and Immingham Docks, which carried 180 vehicles at a time and opened up a new trunking leg for the North of England. A route between Sheerness and Corby has been fully operational since 2007, taking around 2,000 truck journeys off the road annually.
As well as providing environmental benefits, rail use has allowed GEFCO to improve the service it offers major customers through consistent scheduling and sustainable capacity growth. GEFCO has a strong commitment to multimodal transportation, and has launched a number of new rail routes and short sea shipping lines across Europe in the past two years.
Commenting on the new rail links, Howard Nash, GEFCO’s UK Head of Automotive said: “We are always looking at ways to unlock efficiencies and develop our services for customers. Rail presents a major opportunity for supply chain managers in the UK, when scheduling and capacity are optimised to meet customer demand, and we are also aware of the positive environmental and social impact of using rail when appropriate.”
GEFCO has an impressive rail network across Europe operating between ports, factories and distribution centres, and owns 4,200 rail wagons across the continent. In 2006 the GEFCO network distributed more than 3.2 million new vehicles – 38% by road, 33% by sea and 29% by rail.
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