The Co-operative Group is considering extending its use of rail freight further into Scotland and to the South West England.
The society said that since it had started transporting goods by rail in 2010 it had more than doubled its use of trains and that more than a quarter of the produce transported between Coventry and Scotland was now moved by rail.
It transported more than 21 containers a week between Daventry and Mossend via a daily rail service, slashing road kilometres by 800,000 and saving almost 500 tonnes of CO2 a year, it claimed.
It now wanted to expand the operation, it added. “We have worked really hard to ensure efficient and reliable deliveries to Scotland and, more importantly, we have now created a blueprint for potentially rolling out the rail freight service to some of our other depots across the country,” said Mark Leonard, head of supply chain logistics service.
“Combating climate change is a key priority for The Co-op, and logistics has a major role to play in reducing CO2 emissions. Rail freight is an area we are keen to expand to help us save significant amounts of carbon.”