Tesco has introduced a refrigerated rail freight service to help Britain's biggest supermarket group deliver for Christmas, while cutting its carbon emissions at the same time. The new service from Tesco removes road transport from the British leg of the journey for fresh produce from Europe.
The new service will transport hundreds of different products, including sprouts, parsnips, carrots, onions, oranges and lemons to customers shopping over the festive season. In the first domestic refrigerated rail service it has committed to, Tesco said it had partnered with Direct Rail Services (DRS) to distribute chilled goods from the Port of Tilbury, east of London, to Coatbridge in Scotland by low CO2 rail twice a day, seven days a week.
According to a Tesco statement, the 415-mile service will take at least 17,000 containers off the road each year, saving 7.3 million road miles and nearly 9,000 tons of CO2 emissions.