Plans for a new Ballina-Waterford rail freight service by Irish Rail Freight Services are at an advanced stage.
Details of the proposed new service were outlined by XPO Logistics at the latest Irish Exporters Association Western Council roundtable webinar.
Ballina Beverages – which is a long-standing client of XPO Logistics – will be the main user of the proposed new sustainable service which will help transport the company’s soft drinks concentrate to global markets.
Ballina Beverages prioritises eco-friendly logistics and rail freight is the ideal solution for its transport requirements in that respect.
Through XPO, the freight movement from Ballina to Waterford will then be transferred to Rotterdam Port by ferry and further multi-modal transport to world markets.
XPO has been working on the new freight project with Irish Rail since arriving in Ireland.
A successful initial test run was undertaken in March and a second trial – which will also incorporate an inbound load for the west of Ireland – is imminent.
XPO estimates that the new service will be up and running by the final quarter of this year, with additional volume generating “vibrant regular business on a regular basis”.
The company is currently looking for potential customers in the west that are manufacturing and exporting/importing.
The new service would particularly suit any businesses that currently have to use the Ballina freight terminal for loading/unloading until additional collection points are created along the west-south railway.