Direct Rail Services (DRS) wins prestigious award for growing rail freight in exciting new
The Rail Freight Group awards, held earlier this month, showcase excellence in all aspects
of rail freight and the benefit it brings to the country.
This year, DRS, in partnership with Tesco, won the “driving rail freight growth” category for
the introduction of their refrigerated rail service.
The judges called the launch of Tesco’s first refrigerated rail service, operated by DRS, as a
trail-blazer, saying that “reliably moving chilled produce in large quantities is a step change
for rail”. This service will help drive the whole chilled food market to increase its use of rail
freight, and the significance of this should not be underestimated, the judges said.
The new service is Tesco’s first refrigerated rail freight service, distributing chilled goods
from Tilbury to Coatbridge by low CO2 rail twice a day, seven days a week.
The 415-mile route uses DRS’s Class 88 bi-mode electric locomotives which can run on
electricity and produce zero exhaust and greenhouse gas emissions. This service alone will
take at least 17,000 containers off the road each year, saving Tesco 7.3 million road miles
and nearly 9,000 tonnes of CO2e.
DRS is part of Nuclear Transport Solutions (NTS). Speaking about the award success Seth
Kybird, NTS CEO, said: “I’m thrilled this innovative service has been recognised throughout
the industry with this award win and it demonstrates what rail freight can do when we work in
partnership with our customers.
“It’s also an example of how rail can play an integral part in the race to net zero. Each train
will remove around 40 lorries from Britain’s roads and we’re running two trains a day, seven
days a week, saving 9,000 tonnes of CO2e a year.”