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Rail Minister launches multi-million pound Tesco rail scheme

Written by on September 18, 2020

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Rail Minister launches multi-million pound Tesco rail scheme

Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Rail Minister, visited Tesco’s Daventry Grocery distribution centre to officially launch a £5million investment in eco-friendly rail freight services.

The launch marked the full roll-out of Tesco’s new £5million investment in rail equipment, including 500 new rail boxes and two new stacking machines. These investments will significantly increase the company’s rail freight to the North East and the company plans to double the number of journeys in the coming years.

The increased rail service will also be considerably greener, by replacing 40 trunk loads of road freight to the North East per day.

As part of the launch, the Daventry MP was given anextensive tour of the Daventry campus, which employs more than 1,200 people, and heard about how Tesco aims to invest heavily in cutting carbon emissionsacross its operations in the coming years. Tesco was the first major retailer to set science-based targets to meet the Paris Climate Commitments.

Mr Heaton-Harris said: “Rail freight plays a vital role in taking congestion off our roads and offering a cleaner, greener alternative for businesses, and it’s fantastic to see a major company wholeheartedly backing our railways by investing in new equipment.

“By 2050 there is a plan to reach an economy-wide target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, and I welcome Tesco’s £5million investment as they work towards becoming a zero-carbon business.

“During the pandemic the freight industry has worked tirelessly to continue moving the goods we all rely on, and I want to thank everyone in the railway family for their continued efforts.”

The 88,000-square-metre Daventry depot is made up of modern distribution warehouses and is a key part of Tesco’s plans to become a zero-carbon business by 2050.

Andrew Woolfenden, Tesco UK distribution director, said: “We were delighted to welcome the Transport Minister to Daventry to tell him about the far-reaching plans we have to increase our rail distribution and reduce our carbon emissions significantly.

“Tesco is the biggest retail user of rail in the UK and it’s the most efficient way of moving our goods quickly, so the benefits are practical for our business and for the environment.

“Because of this, we are also planning to increase our efficiency of goods transportation by rail between the North and South of England, eventually replacing the transportation of 40 truckloads by road per day between Daventry and Middlesbrough.”

Tesco’s new rail service will save more than 5,000 tonnes of CO2 each year and remove over 3.9million truck miles from the road. This is in addition to the 15million miles already removed by existing services. 

The service will also increase speed and efficiency, as well as raise the amount of cases delivered each week via rail to more than 5million.

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