Baxter Castlebar commences Rail Freight to Waterford Port

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On Thursday 1 June, Baxter Castlebar commenced shipment of product by rail, utilizing the Irish Rail freight facility at Ballina, 40 kms from its Castlebar site. A number of containers containing lifesaving medical products departed for destinations in mainland Europe, the Nordic countries and Turkey.

Carbon Neutrality and reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions is a cornerstone of Baxter’s Global sustainability goals and a key expectation of our global customer base. A key step in achieving these goals is reducing the environmental impact of our supply chain by improving the way we transport our materials and finished products.

This shipment marks a key milestone in Baxter Castlebar and Swinford’s programme to improve our sustainability by reducing carbon emissions throughout our supply chain.

It was made possible through close partnership with Irish Rail, XPO Logistics and Brian Cunningham Transport to open the route for rail shipments from Ballina to Waterford port.

Commenting on the development James Jordan, Head of Planning, Warehouse & Distribution at Baxter said: “Our next goal is to connect to rail at Castlebar railway station, adjacent to the Castlebar site, and ultimately transport more than 20 containers daily via the reopened Western Rail Corridor connecting Castlebar to port.”

“The development of an Inland Rail Freight Hub at Castlebar and the reopening of the Western Rail Corridor are key infrastructure enablers to support this drive to sustainability and will be fully supported by Baxter and other local businesses in the area,” he added.

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Included in photo:

James Jordan, Head of Planning Warehouse and Logistics,

Derek Greham, Logistics and Warehouse Manager,

James Mulroy, Process Improvement Technician,

Seamus Cleary, Customs and Systems site lead,

Brian Cunningham and James Grealis (Cunningham Transport),

Kelvin Bulmer, XPO Manager,

Glenn Carr, Director Commercial Business Units, Iarnród Éireann

Matthew Garrett, Station Manager, Ballina