Europa on the road to Rennes
Europa Road has launched a new daily road service between Dartford and Rennes in the North West of France.
The new route is Europa Road’s fourth line into France, further strengthening its product range to and from its £30m 1hub facility in Dartford.
International logistics provider Ziegler, based in Rennes, will serve as Europa Road’s local partner, building on its existing relationship with Europa in Colmar and Lyon.
Europa Operations Director, Dan Cook said the latest addition to the road freight division is hoped to bring about significant improvements to lead times and a reduction in operating costs that can ultimately be passed on to customers.
“For a long time, we’ve sought to establish a fourth route between France and Dartford and we see Rennes as the ideal location to cater for a critical mass of existing and growing volume to the North West of France,” said Cook.
“We’re confident the daily service will translate into real competitive advantages for our customers by creating a faster and more direct route across the English Channel.”
France is the most common country of disembarkation for all road goods vehicles travelling from the UK to Europe. Europa Road has invested heavily in its French operation over the last four years and in 2017, saw its UK paid consignments to and from France grow by 17%. Together with its partners across France, Europa Road now moves over 1200 consignments and over 1 million Kgs between the UK and France each week.
“Our ambition is to become the leader in road freight between the UK and France, which is why we have focused carefully on selecting more daily direct routes and working with proven and motivated partners like Ziegler whom we can trust to deliver day after day,” said Cook.
“The French market is not only important from a groupage perspective, but it remains the key transit route for the majority of our other lines and so creating a robust and reliable product is mission critical.”
Europa Road is one of four dedicated divisions operated by the logistics provider Europa Worldwide Group.