Asda expands rail operations

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Asda is expanding its use of rail to move containers from Southampton to the North East of England.

Intermodal operator Freightliner has signed a new contract with CMA CGM to transport containers for ASDA from the port to Freightliner’s Cleveland terminal to service Asda’s North East distribution centres.

“We are delighted that we have successfully implemented this major milestone in reducing our carbon footprint. CMA CGM and Freightliner were able to respond quickly with a solution for us,” said Alex Linton, import supply chain manager for Asda.

“This enables us to ship a greater amount of product through Southampton port with the added benefit of fast transit and reduced emissions by placing our product within a few short miles of the target destination. We see this only as the start of our vision to expand rail operations with Freightliner”.

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The new services will remove up to 10,000 road miles from the road network each week. It also marks the first contract wagon arrangement between CMA CGM and Freightliner.

Freightliner chief Adam Cunliffe said: “The opportunity provides for the re-opening of a new route to Cleveland from Southampton and brings with it new to rail business.”

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