Tesco has announced that it will start using a refrigerated rail freight service to transport goods across the UK during the holiday season.
The new rail service marks the This is the first time that Tesco has used refrigerated rail freight in the UK. This will be operated by Direct Rail Services (DRS), which will help distribute refrigerated cargo from the Port of Tilbury to Coatbridge twice a day, seven days a week.
The supermarket said the move would help reduce its carbon emissions by preventing more trucks from driving. It will also help the group overcome the current shortage of truck drivers.
The 415-mile route will use DRS’s Class 88 dual-mode electric locomotives that can run on electricity and produce no exhaust and greenhouse gas emissions.
According to Tesco, the service will remove “at least” 17,000 containers from the road each year, saving the group 7.3 million kilometers of road and nearly 9,000 tonnes of CO2.
The move comes as Tesco redoubles its efforts to meet its commitment of net zero emissions in its own operations by 2035. In the past year alone, the supermarket has increased the number of containers with petroleum products by almost 50%. products intended for shops transported by rail. .
Jason Tarry, CEO of Tesco UK and ROI said: âWe have been using rail to transport our goods since 2008 and this new service reflects our continued commitment to rail which has clear benefits for our business, our customers and the planet.
âOur rail service will be an important part of our efforts to provide a fantastic Christmas for our customers, but the journey does not end there as we continue to increase the number of containers we transport by rail as part of our commitment to achieve the zero emission network in our operations by 2035.
Chris Connelly, Deputy Managing Director and Rail Director of NTS, said: âThis is fantastic news, not only for DRS and Tesco, but also for the environment. It is an example of how rail can play a vital role in the race for net zero.
âEach train will take around 40 trucks off UK roads and save 9,000 tonnes of CO2e, and we run two trains a day, seven days a week. We are delighted to be working with Tesco on this new service, helping them reduce their carbon footprint while delivering to their customers across the UK.