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Rail freight unites to promote decarbonisation

Rail freight unites to promote decarbonisation

(Posted on 13/09/20)

Four main rail freight companies have come together at Mossend International Railfreight Park (MIRP) in the UK with their electric and hybrid locomotives, in support of the decarbonisation of the logistics supply chain network. It is the first time they have been pictured together in one location.

This rare photo opportunity coincided with the launch of the Scottish Government’s Green Investment Portfolio, which saw Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop also at the MIRP site to promote market-ready projects seeking private capital that will help Scotland transition to a net-zero economy by 2045.

The locomotives on display on site at MIRP included the Direct Rail Services Class 88 (an electro-diesel locomotive manufactured by Stadler Rail), GB Railfreight Class 92 (the most powerful electric locomotive produced for the UK, DB Cargo Limited Class 90 (an electric locomotive built by British Rail Engineering Limited) and two Freightliner UK Class 90s (an electric locomotive).

David Stirling, Director of MIRP operator Peter D Stirling Ltd, said: “In a UK first, four of the most prominent rail freight companies came together to show their support for decarbonising the logistics supply chain and helping to green the Scottish economy. This is a mission we fully embrace with plans to expand MIRP to be Scotland’s largest international multi-modal rail freight park facilitating zero carbon logistics.

“Electric and hybrid locomotives are not only more sustainable, they are faster, more reliable and attract commercial freight to our modern freight railways. An increasing number of food retailers are now opting for this solution to move their goods, not least because the major railway routes they use can accommodate electric locomotives; for example, 30 trains per week from Daventry to Mossend. We hope more follow suit.”

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