HRH The Princess Royal today officially opened Jaguar’s new railhead at the company’s Castle Bromwich plant in Birmingham.
After the official opening ceremony Her Royal Highness, who is Patron of the Institute of Logistics and Transport, watched the first train being loaded with Jaguar’s new flagship XJ saloons. The new XJ saloons, together with a consignment of S-TYPE saloons were bound for the Port of Southampton for subsequent onward shipment to export markets. The new car goes on sale in the UK and world markets from April onwards.
Now that the new rail terminal is operational, virtually all export-bound cars built at Jaguar's Browns Lane (Coventry) and Castle Bromwich (Birmingham) plants will be transported to the ports by rail. This will deliver significant logistical efficiencies and environmental benefits. By using the rail network up to 45 million truck miles will be taken off the roads over the next 10 years – making a meaningful contribution to the reduction of road traffic congestion.
Construction of the railhead has taken just 10 months and completion was timed to coincide with the launch of the new XJ range.
"We will sell around 80 per cent of the new XJ saloons in export markets and the new railhead will enable us to deliver them to the ports efficiently and at the same time make a meaningful contribution to road traffic reduction," said Mike Beasley, Jaguar’s managing director.
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