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Colas Rail extends its award winning reputation of safety, security, reliability and innovation to its expanding rail freight market through a wide range of services.

We place a strong emphasis on continuous improvement ensuring we are always exploring ways of improving safety performance. We also place a strong emphasis on working collaboratively with our customers to achieve joint safety improvements.
Since 2007 we have been operating an ever expanding portfolio of rail freight services throughout the UK and France. Since 2007 we have developed a diverse rail freight customer base which currently includes commodities such as petrochemical, construction, timber, steel and express/urban freight logistics. Colas Rail has nationwide coverage supported by a 24/7 Operations Control Centre.
Colas Rail has a dedicated freight team who have extensive rail freight experience and knowledge of the freight market. Through this experience and knowledge we are able to provide value added services to our customers in order to provide cost effective, efficient and innovative rail freight solutions.
Through our work with our customers we have developed a strong reputation for safety management, reliable operation, high levels of performance and a strong continuous improvement ethic.

Why use Colas Rail for freight?

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Nationwide Coverage

Our head office is in the heart of London with our operations centre based in Rugby. We also operate depots across the breadth of the country enabling us to offer complete nationwide coverage.
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Focused on Detail

At Colas Rail we are focused on the quality of the service we deliver, ensuring a strong collaborative approach with our customers.
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Excellent Safety Record

We have an excellent safety record, with one of the industry’s best AFR figures.

Colas Rail is a well established railway operator, with more than 50 trains per day and over 150 train drivers with nationwide route knowledge.

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Our Fleet

56 locomotives with varying capabilities

Our Fleet

Colas Rails extensive locomotive fleet enables us to be flexible in our approach to rail freight with a broad mix of locomotives suitable for heavy, medium, light and express rail freight requirements.

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On Track and On Time

Fast, flexible and efficient

On Track and On Time

We work collaboratively with our customers to ensure that we deliver a fast, efficient, flexible, reliable and cost effective rail freight solution.

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Environment

Reduction of CO2 emissions

Environment

Rail freight’s environmental credentials versus road haulage are considerable particularly with increased focus on environmental issues. A tonne of goods can travel 246 miles by rail on a gallon of diesel, compared to only 88 miles by road.

“The service provided by Colas Rail is significantly better than our last rail freight provider.”

Gavin Adkins, Kronospan

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