As Network Rail has said: Rail freight is a success story. A growing number of companies understand that it is faster, safer, more cost-effective and more environmentally-friendly to transport goods by rail rather than by road. Traditionally associated with the movement of heavy, bulky goods and construction materials, rail is used increasingly for the transport of consumer goods.
At Prologis RFI DIRFT, the modal shift from road to rail is not only reflected in the increased demand for rail-connected distribution centres, but also in the container traffic at the railport, which is owned by Prologis and operated by Malcolm Logistics.
As recent figures show, during the five years from 2010 to 2014, throughput increased by nearly 20% from 105,969 to 126,963 containers a year.