Road/rail switch predicted
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• More than 3,000 lorry loads a week are expected to switch from road to rail following the opening of the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal. Since 28 May a daily freight service has been running between DIRFT and the Continent; an overnight service to Paris will start on 16 June. DIRFT is located at the intersection of the West Coast Main Line with the Ml, M6, and A14. The rail port, operated by Applied Distribution, is expected to handle more than a million tonnes of freight a year. Transport Minister Glenda Jackson says: "Industry increasingly sees rail as a viable alternative to the road network for meeting transport needs." Eddie Stobart is investing £25m in a distribution centre in the new logistics park at the port.