Local Initiatives - The Wine Train

JF Hillebrand has a history of strategically seeking to minimise road miles and thus carbon emissions, utilising feeder services where possible to regional ports, to bring cargo closer to the final destination.

We have also led the way in developing the Wine Train concept in the UK; running contracted trains dedicated to our business, to the extent that JF Hillebrand moves more wine in the UK by rail than any other freight forwarder.

Here is some detail on our Wine Train initiatives:


Wine Train - Daventry

  • ​​JF Hillebrand launched “The Wine Train” in 2008. The innovative Tilbury to Daventry rail service is now operating on a daily basis, Monday – Friday, with each train carrying over 89,000 bottles of wine.

  • ​​The Tilbury to Daventry service is estimated to save an average of 326 km (204 miles) per road-trip equivalent.

  • By conservative estimates, the savings are over 280,360gms CO2 emissions per container shipped via the rail service. This equates to at least 21 million grammes of CO2 savings per day.

  • The service takes approximately 6000 vehicles off the heavily congested M25 and M1 major trunk routes per year (two of the busiest roads in the UK).


Wine Train - Bristol Rail Terminal

  • ​​Our latest Wine Train services connect Tilbury, Thamesport and Felixstowe ports to a railhead in Bristol that was re-commissioned as part of this initiative.

  • ​​The Tilbury to Bristol journey is around 150 miles (300 miles round trip), resulting in a round trip carbon emission saving of 78,000gms per container.

  • JF Hillebrand’s Wine Train can move a maximum of 40 containers per journey, saving up to 312,000gms of CO2 per train. 

  • JF Hillebrand’s six Bristol wine trains per week have provided a catalyst to the regeneration of rail as a viable alternative transport mode the South West of England and the East Coast Ports.

  • Its not just about reducing carbon emissions; these Wine train services have delivered impressive service levels, with on-time delivery typically exceeding 98%, irrespective of the weather. A major factor enabling us to maintain such exceptional service levels is our ability using rail to substantially reduce the impact of port and road congestion on our movements.​