Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar TD marked the opening of a new rail spur in Dublin Port on the 13th of July 2011. This extension is set to enhance the competitiveness of rail freight for IWT customers.
IWT will be the first company to run trains on this new spur.The operation which commenced in August 2009 with a twice weekly service between Dublin Port and the West of Ireland will now run on a daily roundtrip bassis.
Equipment is utilised on a ‘roundtrip’ basis, thereby removing both the laden and empty freight mileage from the Irish road network. This is a major development towards reducing our carbon footprint and providing a statistically safer mode of transport.
IWT believe that the service will save up to 5.5million road kilometres every year and will reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 2,750 tonnes.
The increased frequency in the service provides customers with a regular and reliable rail alternative delivering a superior product that will enhance Ireland’s contribution to the European Union’s modal shift aspirations from road to rail.
IWT plans to develop the enormous growth potential for this and similar services within the existing Irish rail network
The New Rail-freight Service is a significant addition to IWT’s existing portfolio of domestic and international transport services and will help us deliver on our commitment of reducing our annual carbon footprint through innovation on an ongoing basis.
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