The Anonymous Widower

A Cool Move To Keep Emissions On Track

The title of this post is the same as that of this press release from Tesco.

This is the body of the release.

  • Tesco and DRS partner on a new refrigerated rail freight service that will take 40 lorries off the road for every journey it makes
  •  Helping Tesco to deliver Christmas, the service will run seven days a week and replace 7.3 million road miles with greener distribution
  •  New service supports Tesco’s commitment to reach net zero emissions in its operations by 2035

Tesco and Direct Rail Services (DRS) have partnered to introduce a cool new service to Britain’s railways.

The new service will be the first time Tesco has used refrigerated rail freight in the UK, distributing chilled goods from Tilbury to Coatbridge by low CO2 rail twice a day, seven days a week. This means that rail freight will play an even bigger role in helping Tesco to deliver Christmas this year and over the next couple of weeks this new service will transport hundreds of different products, including festive favourites such as sprouts, parsnips, carrots, onions, oranges and lemons just in time for that all important Christmas dinner.

Using rail has significant environmental benefits. The 415-mile route will use DRS’s Class 88 bi-mode electric locomotives which can run on electricity and produce zero exhaust and greenhouse gas emissions. This service alone will take at least 17,000 containers off the road each year, saving Tesco 7.3 million road miles and nearly 9,000 tonnes of CO2e.


  1. This is Tesco’s first use of refrigerated rail freight.
  2. It starts from the new Tilbury 2 freight terminal.
  3. All services seem to be run using bi-mode Class 88 locomotives, running for most of the route using electricity.

Tesco seem to be following the rule, that every little helps when it comes to decarbonisation and climate change.

This Google Map shows Tilbury.


  1. The Port of Tilbury is in the West.
  2. Tilbury Town station on the Tilbury Loop Line is on the North side of the Port.
  3. There is a cruise ship at the London Cruise Terminal on the river.
  4. Next to the terminal is the Gravesend Tilbury Ferry. I can remember the car ferries on this route.
  5. Then there is Tilbury Fort.
  6. The Tilbury 2 Terminal is in the East.

I took these pictures in 2017.

I suspect it’s a bit different now!


February 6, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Electricity Shake-Up Could Save Consumers ‘up to £40bn’

The title of this post is the same as that of this article in the BBC.

The electricity shake-up was forecast in yesterday’s Sunday Times and I wrote about it in Giant Batteries To Store Green Energy.

In We Need More Electricity, I talked about what RWE are doing to create an all-purpose Energy Centre at Tilbury.

The Tilbury Energy Centre will feature.

  • Efficient energy generation from natural gas.
  • Substantial energy storage.
  • Peak energy production from natural gas.
  • Load balancing of wind power with storage and generation from natural gas.

But I suspect, it will get involved in other advanced techniques, like using carbon dioxide to get greenhouse fruit and vegetables to grow quicker.

The electricity market is changing.

July 24, 2017 Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage | , | Leave a comment

Exploring Tilbury Riverside

The idea was simple. I would walk from Tilbury Town station to the site of the former Tilbury Riverside station and have a look at the London Cruise Terminal and Tilbury Fort, before taking a ferry to Gravesend to come home.

But things didn’t quite work out as planned, as although I had a good walk in the wind to river, that wind was so bad the ferries had got themselves cancelled.

But I did find a nice place with a welcoming pub to go to in better weather!

The area does need a bit of improvement.

  • The London Cruise Terminal looks as welcoming as a prison from the outside.
  • Connections to Tilbury Town station are simple and spasmodic.
  • Tilbury Fort certainly needed some more information.
  • The chimneys behind the Fort are those of the Tilbury B power station, which burns biomass.
  • The Ferry Terminal to Gravesend was also short of information. Especially, something like an electronic Next Ferry Indicator.
  • There needs to be extension of the pedestrian routes.
  • It would also help, if the trucks kept to the speed limit.

But most importantly, the area would get more visitors if Tilbury Riverside station was still being used.

Failing that a decent cycle route, with bicycle hire stations at either end.

December 6, 2015 Posted by | Transport/Travel, World | | 2 Comments

Tilbury Town Station

Tilbury Town station shows how you can take a basic station and by trying hard can make it acceptable to most visitors.

I never visited the station in say the nineteen-sixties, but I suspect it is a lot better now!

I very much liked the step-free bridge that is available to everybody who wants to cross the line easily and safely, whether they intend to travel on the trains or not.

What I didn’t like was that the A1089 road outside the station, from where you walk to Tilbury Fort or the Ferry Terminal, as it is a race-track for heavy trucks.

The Google Map shows Tilbury Town station and its position with respect to the Port, the London Cruise Terminal, the Ferry Terminal and Tilbury Fort.



Tilbury Town station is at the top of the map by the A1089 road and the London Cruise Terminal is on the river. Conveniently there is a cruise ship alongside.

The railway to Tilbury Riverside station, which was next to the London Cruise Terminal  was removed in 1992.

I would suspect that quite a few movers and shakers in the Tilbury area, feel that the closure of Riverside station was something that shouldn’t have been done, when they look back.

December 5, 2015 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment