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Robert.Jervis_43227 May 18

Irish Rail, XPO Logistics and Port of Waterford announce new multimodal freight service to start in June

“We take environmental protection seriously at XPO”
Irish Rail, XPO Logistics and Port of Waterford have announced that a new multimodal freight service will operate from the end of June from Ballina, Co. Mayo to Waterford Belview.

The new service will operate twice-weekly using rail between Ballina in the West of Ireland and Waterford Belview Port. Using rail could transfer up to 5,000 truck movements each year from road to rail, with a resulting reduction in road congestion and around a 75% reduction in emissions per unit.

XPO Logistics Managing Director Transport – UK and Ireland Dan Myers said:

“We take environmental protection seriously at XPO. So we are pleased to work in partnership with Irish Rail in delivering a multimodal solution.  Our goal is always to manage supply chain activities as efficiently as possible whilst helping our customers lower their carbon footprint.”    

Ireland’s Transport Minister, Eamon Ryan is keen to transfer freight from the roads to greener modes and said:

“Rail and other sustainable solutions will play an important role on our journey to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. This new freight service offers a climate friendly option connecting enterprises from the West to the Southeast of the country and onwards to export markets and we look forward to growing our rail freight operations soon.”

Frank Ronan, the Chief Executive of Port of Waterford said:

“Port of Waterford welcomes the re-introduction of rail freight services to the Port at Belview. These trains, carrying container freight, will work very effectively with the Port's Lo-Lo shipping services to provide businesses in Ireland's West/North West with a compelling logistics solution to and from mainland Europe.”

Since Brexit use of direct services between Ireland and mainland Europe has surged so as to avoid using the UK ‘land bridge’.

Irish Rail is currently finalising a Strategic Plan for the growth of rail freight between key locations across the country. CEO Jim Meade said:

“Today's announcement with XPO and Waterford Port demonstrates the viable opportunities that can be developed that will not just support industry and the logistics sector, but is also fully aligned with the country's climate action plan."

The rail company is planning to support and deliver the freight growth plans by procurement of a new fleet of freight wagons.

Source: Tim Casterton