Woodland has launched its new rail freight connected services at iPort Rail, in Doncaster moving the containers between ports of Felixstowe and Southampton with further services to London Gateway and Immingham.
By May, the company expects more than 140 container movements are per month.
iPort Rail has become one of the UK’s fastest growing strategic rail freight interchanges since opening nearly three years ago.
The terminal runs eight daily services moving around 2000 containers through the facility each week.
“We’re conscious of our role in providing solutions that will help our clients optimise their supply chains and reduce their emissions where possible. This strategic partnership with iPort Rail and the new routes we’re building together represent our continued drive to engineer supply chain solutions that will make a difference,” Luke Fermor, Global Fulfilment Manager, Woodland Group, said.
The new train service comes after Woodland opened a 195,000 sq ft fulfilment and distribution facility at the multimodal logistics hub iPort. The facility, which became operational in March, is located next to the rail terminal, enabling Woodland to grow its headcount in the Yorkshire region by 35%.
As part of its 800-acre site it includes iPort Rail, a Grade A cargo facility which runs services from Southampton, Felixstowe, London Gateway and Teesport delivering a reliable, efficient and less-carbon supply chain solution across the UK and direct services to Europe via the Channel Tunnel.
Woodland is investing into optimising the facility to offer carbon-conscious distribution and fulfilment solutions, installing state of the art low energy LED lighting with movement and light sensors which controls lighting capacity based on available daylight and need by movement, resulting in significant reduction of energy usage.
The facility will run lithium-ion forklift trucks and a plastic and packaging free warehouse while delivering carbon-conscious ground transport including optimised trucking and rail solutions. In addition to the investment into optimising and reducing its energy usage and output, the company will also switch to renewable energy sources to power its Doncaster distribution offering.