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DP World Reports Uplift in Rail Usage from Southampton Hub

DP World has announced a notable increase in the proportion of freight transported by rail from its Southampton logistics hub.

The port operator's Modal Shift Programme trial, initiated last September, aims to enhance the appeal of intermodal rail for customers by offering carefully devised financial incentives.

From September to February, the share of freight units transported by rail rather than road at DP World Southampton has risen by two-thirds, from 21 per cent to 35 per cent.

The company stated that this increase has been facilitated by the introduction of four new train services from the terminal to Cardiff, East Midlands Gateway, Hams Hall, and Doncaster, respectively.

Since the inception of the programme, DP World has highlighted that its customers and supply chain partners have saved approximately 4,500 additional tonnes of carbon dioxide by opting for rail over road. This is equivalent to 13,500 lorry journeys, exceeding the total emissions of DP World Southampton’s operations.

Customers are currently being offered an £80 financial incentive if they transport import-laden containers by rail to a railhead within 140 miles of the logistics hub. Without this incentive, which is funded by a minor charge on all import-laden containers, freight within this range would typically be transported via road haulage.

John Trenchard, Vice President UK Commercial and Supply Chain at DP World, said: “We believe that our Modal Shift Programme at Southampton has enabled our customers to explore how rail can be effectively utilised to achieve lower carbon international supply chains serving the UK economy.

“At a time when the pressure to manage costs, maintain reliability, and improve speed has never been greater, providing our customers with the right services and incentives to help them unlock better ways to move cargo is of paramount importance.

“We are continually engaging with the market to strengthen this service, so we look forward to providing our customers with new options to meet their decarbonisation goals.”


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