More and more businesses are turning to rail freight due to HGV driver shortages and carbon emission worries. According to the owners of Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT), this is their busiest ever Christmas period. A spokesman for GB Railfreight also said it had trained 70 new train drivers in the last twelve months at its centre in Peterborough.
Nine thousand people work at DIRFT and the site will take on another four thousand people in January, when a new terminal will open. Paul Weston, from the terminal's owner Prologis UK, said supermarkets had increased the number of trains using the centre: "We've got services from France, Spain and Germany but also there's plenty of UK movement from the big ports, like Felixstowe and Southampton."
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