Project: Road to Rail: Open Access Intermodal Gateway to the UK - TDG European Chemicals

Reference: GPCS 399

Last update: 16/10/2003 11:40:38


This case study describes a TDG initative that was developed to:

tailor Road/rail service to customer's potential needs, but can also be used by other customers;

have a potential to transfer 360,000 tonnes of bulk traffic from road to rail;

save up to 3.35 litres of diesel fuel and hence reduce carbon dioxide emissions.


This details how the logistics provider TDG has worked with BP chemicals to tailor a specific road to rail transport service.


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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £12,000.00

Actual start date: 01 April 2001

Actual completion date: 01 January 2002


Good Practice Case Study 399
Author: TransportEnergy Best Practice
Publication date: 01/01/2002
Source: TransportEnergy Best Practice
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Summary of results

  1. As a direct result of this initiative, it is predicted that 360,000 tonnes of bulk traffic will be transferred to rail in 2006. Without the new terminal 14,500 truck round-trips would have to be performed, totalling 5.9 million miles a year and using 3.35 million litres of diesel fuel. This quantity of fuel, if used, would have generated 8.85 million kilograms of carbon dioxide.

    Another advantage of the Grangemouth facility is that any rail company or any road operator can use it. This open access allows TDG to market the service to other customers, encouraging them to use the terminal as part of their transport operations.