New year sees launch of new rail connection

New year sees launch of new rail connection

11.1.2022 | Rail

New year sees launch of new rail connection

Felixstowe is at the heart of the intermodal revolution.

The 38th daily rail service has been introduced at Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe. Operated by GB Railfreight for Maritime Transport, the service connects the port with Birch Coppice in the Midlands.

The new service is the fifteenth, operated by GB Railfreight and impressively, the twelfth daily rail connection from the port to destinations in the Midlands.

Commenting on the latest addition to the port’s roster of rail services, Robert Ashton, operations director at the Port of Felixstowe, said:

“Increasing the proportion of traffic moving by rail is an important part of our strategy to offer the widest possible range of sustainable transport options through the Port of Felixstowe. We are investing in new plant and equipment as part of our own drive towards net-zero and are working with partners, including GB Railfreight and Maritime Transport, to help others remove carbon from their supply chains.

“With three dedicated rail terminals at the port, we offer more rail services to more inland destinations with greater frequency than any other UK port.”

Julie Garn, Intermodal’s general manager, said:

“Working closely with Maritime Transport and the Port of Felixstowe, this new service will play an important part in alleviating some of the pressure facing the UK supply chain. Increasing the number of services from Felixstowe is an efficient and environmentally friendly way to meet growing consumer demand, with an average freight train removing up to 76 HGVs from the road.”

John Bailey, Managing Director – Intermodal and Terminals, Maritime Transport, added:

“We are thrilled to launch this new service with GB Railfreight. Our investment in new routes, new equipment, and our terminals enables us to provide the most advanced logistics solutions and reflects our drive to deliver increased resources at a time when the industry is facing huge challenges. We have achieved unrivalled success in the intermodal sector in a very short period of time, but we are only at the start of a journey that will continue to see us challenge the industry norms and accelerate modal shift.”

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Renault Truck Commercials Felixstowe moves to purpose-built site

Renault Truck Commercials Felixstowe moves to purpose-built site

12.12.2021 | Logistics

Renault Truck Commercials Felixstowe moves to purpose-built site

New depot for French truck manufacturer. 

Renault Truck Commercials Felixstowe has moved to its new purpose-built dealer premises located at Hodgkinson Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 3QT.

The ultra-modern facility, constructed to the highest environmental standards, reflects the growing demand for the Renault Trucks brand and Renault Truck Commercials’ aftersales service and support in the important Felixstowe area.

Situated in close proximity to the Port of Felixstowe, the UK’s biggest and busiest container port, the prime 1.5-acre site has excellent access to the A14, the primary route out of the docks, and to routes across the UK. Eco-friendly design and build are to Renault Trucks’ exacting dealer and sustainability standards and the building offers first-class facilities for customers and staff whilst minimising its impact on the environment.

Located just over a mile from RTC Felixstowe’s previous premises at Sub-Station Road, the new site is run by the same team, headed up by Service Manager Marc Chetty, to ensure a seamless continuation of support to operators of Renault trucks and LCVs, and all-makes fleets across the region.

Con Rooney, Managing Director, Renault Trucks Commercials says: “We are delighted to open the doors to our new Felixstowe site today, which offers a superb, eco-friendly retail experience for our customers and a comfortable working environment with a particular focus on wellbeing for our employees. Marking a significant investment, our newest depot has been designed from the ground up to deliver maximum vehicle uptime. It is an important part of our growth strategy for the Felixstowe area that will help support our customers and colleagues for many years to come.”

The new site, with plenty of secure parking, provides the full range of Renault Trucks services. Its fully equipped workshops are a welcoming working environment for the experienced team of trained technicians, with a three-bay workshop, body shop, tacho lane and latest diagnostic equipment, providing all-makes servicing, repairs and maintenance, and Renault Trucks’ 24/7 roadside assistance. For waiting drivers, there is a comfortable, well-equipped restroom with refreshments, shower, free WiFi and large screen TV.

Investment in enhanced parts stock ensures excellent first-time pick, with a dedicated daily parts delivery service for Renault Trucks and all makes parts to operators in the area. Offering new vehicle sales from 3.1 – 44 tonnes, RTC Felixstowe also sells and supports vehicles from the Used Trucks by Renault Trucks range.

RTC Felixstowe’s energy-efficient, sustainable office and workshop buildings are constructed to the highest environmental principles to meet Renault Trucks’ commitment to net-zero status across its dealer network and operations in the UK and Ireland by 2030. Achieving the top EPC rating of ‘A’, sustainable solutions on-site include an array of photovoltaic panels, top specification insulated doors and envelope cladding, LED lighting with sensors, mechanical heat recovery and efficient plant throughout to keep emissions to a minimum. Water-based wall paints are also used throughout the building.

Government decarbonisation plan announced

Government decarbonisation plan announced

14.7.2021 | Logistics

Government decarbonisation plan announced

Intention to phase out the sale of new diesel and petrol HGVs by 2040. 

Today (14th July 2021) government publishes the world’s first ‘greenprint’ to decarbonise all modes of domestic transport by 2050.

As part of this vision, the government is announcing its intention to phase out the sale of new diesel and petrol heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) by 2040, subject to consultation – combined with the 2035 phase-out date for polluting cars and vans. This represents a world-leading pledge to phase out all polluting road vehicles within the next two decades. The consultation proposes a 2035 phase-out date for vehicles weighing from 3.5 to 26 tonnes and 2040 for vehicles weighing more than 26 tonnes – or earlier if a faster transition seems feasible.

Elizabeth de Jong, Director of Policy at Logistics UK, said:

“The Transport decarbonisation plan will help to provide logistics businesses with confidence and clarity on the steps they must take on the pathway to net zero. Consultation on proposed phase-out dates for new diesel HGVs should enable businesses to move forwards with confidence. Rail, shipping and aviation are essential parts of logistics, so plans to support freight modal shift and develop technologies to reduce emissions across these modes are welcome.

“With logistics already embracing the need to decarbonise its operations, Logistics UK looks forward to working in partnership with the government on future activities and strategies to realise the net-zero ambition together.”

To read full details of the government’s decarbonisation plan, click here.

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