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Tesco on Track to Cut Road Miles and Co2


May 26, 2006

Tesco today announced it will become the first UK retailer to move significant volumes of product from road to rail when it introduces purpose-built ‘green’ trains.

The £3.2 million project will begin moving non-food products daily from the Midlands to its main Scottish distribution centre in Livingston - saving an estimated 4.5 million road miles and around 6000 tonnes of CO2 a year.

Two new state of the art ‘green’ trains have been specially imported from Canada to make sure the goods are transported in the most environmentally friendly way possible. The trains have also been designed to reduce noise and vibration.

Laurie McIlwee, distribution director for Tesco, said: "Tesco has led the way in developing an efficient supply chain which minimises our impact on the environment. We have invested in cleaner vehicles and made sure that our operations and our suppliers use them efficiently.

“Rail distribution has been around for many years but this is the first time a large retailer has invested in a dedicated rail supply chain on this scale. It is an exciting move for Tesco, offering a faster route to Scotland, and a boost for the environment. It brings a whole new meaning to Tesco Express!”

The first train will leave Daventry for Scotland in August this year. If successful Tesco will look to increase the volume of freight moved in this way and possibly to extend the trial to other areas.


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