Technology being developed by the University will enable multiple cargo owners to pool volumes so they can reduce perceived risks associated with using new sea and rail services.
The Liverpool-Humber Optimisation of Freight Transport (LHOFT) project, through Innovate UK, is a study led by P&O Ferries and the University of Hull's Logistics Institute.
It brings together the combined strength of a major cargo owner (Unilever); the two key port operators at either end of the M62 corridor; experts from the rail industry; and academics from the Logistics Institute to develop an end-to-end cross-country journey model. The study will look at how long-distance trade could be diverted from north-south road routes to ports to alternate routes linking the east and west of England instead.
Cargo flows that could benefit from this include ferry services to the continent and all container services where the origin or destination of the cargo is on the M62 corridor.
The project is unique in that it brings together the combined strength of major cargo owners (Unilever, Uniparts, KraftHeinz and Nestlé) and key port operators (ABP, Stena Line and P&O Ferries), with experts from the rail industry (DB Freight and GB Rail Freight).