GCTL8.com (FocusAsia Media Ltd)

LONDON, Apr 6 (FAM) – The economic and environmental imperatives for UK shippers and importers to switch inland distribution mode from road to rail are becoming increasingly hard to ignore, but more rail-connected warehouses are needed.

Julian Worth, chair of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport’s rail freight forum, told delegates at the inaugural session yesterday of this year’s Multimodal event in Birmingham, that moving containers from the UK’s ports to a rail-connected warehouse in the country’s Golden Triangle – the area in the Midlands that houses most of the UK’s national distribution centre warehouse capacity – was 30% cheaper per box.