Why use rail freight?
Better for the environment.
Rail transport is one of the most environmentally friendly methods of moving goods with its low to zero carbon emissions, especially with more and more carriers and infrastructure operating with “green” electricity. Statistics suggest that a freight train consumes two-thirds less energy and emits three-quarters less carbon dioxide than a lorry.
Safe and secure.
As a track-guided system, rail freight is one of the safest modes of transport. This makes it ideal for the movement of hazardous goods such as mineral oil products, chemicals, gases and toxic industrial waste.
Rail transport is extremely reliable particularly when compared to sea freight. Shipping from, for example, China to northern Europe can take between 40 and 50 days. Rail freight reduces this long transit time and also minimises the risk of sudden delays caused by bad weather or congestion in ports.