Making the modal shift to rail

Supporting small and medium sized businesses in the East of England to make the modal shift to rail was the original focus of the project and aimed to get 16,000 containers off the road and onto rail in the three year period of the project.  This would also result in significant savings in CO2 emissions - rail offers a 76% reduction in CO2 emissions over road freight per tonne carried.

How did it work? Eligible small and medium sized businesses based in the East of England received a dividend of up to 30% (capped at £75) per container journey claimed as part of an integrated package of support which also included workshops in freight optimisation and low carbon marketing.  Our carbon calculator shows you the carbon savings made and our knowledge bank provides a wealth of information at your fingertips.

Click here to view the outcomes of the project and see how our companies switched from road to rail.


What are the advantages of using rail?
  • Lower carbon emissions reduce your impact on the environment
  • Rail can be faster than road
  • You can move one or many containers to the same destination at once
  • Spot booking services mean you can often book for a train the next day
  • Regular services across the UK gives options for most destinations
  • Multimodal solutions offer door to door service
  • Competitive prices
  • Avoids the rising fuel prices affecting road journeys
  • Avoids the increasing congestion on the road network
  • No need to consider the restriction on drivers working hours with rail

Click here to visit our Knowledge Bank where there is more information on the Rail Freight Operators who run services in the East of England.

If you would like to find out how other SMEs made the modal shift click here to view their case studies.