Modal Shift Programme


A new Modal Shift Programme (MSP) will be trialled at our Southampton terminal to incentivise cargo owners to rail more containers and reduce their carbon emissions.

A financial incentive for imports routed by rail will be paid for by a relatively small charge on all import laden containers coming through our Southampton terminal.

Reaching net zero

The UK has committed to reach net zero emissions by 2050. To achieve this, we actively need to start looking at more sustainable modes of transport.

With the potential to prevent an estimated 30,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide being emitted per year, the Modal Shift Programme enables cargo owners to accelerate their net zero ambitions.



The MSP Incentive will initially be £70 per applicable container for the period between 1st September 2023 and 31st December 2023.

The incentive will be adjusted every quarter from 1st January 2024 to adjust for changes in the rail share of import laden containers.





The MSP Incentive Zone is approximately 140 miles from Southampton, which includes the intermodal railheads at:                   

 - Avonmouth 

 - Birmingham Hams Hall  

 - Birmingham (BIFT) Birch Coppice  

 - Birmingham Landor Street  

 - East Midlands Gateway 

 - Bristol  

 - Cardiff  

 - Daventry  

 - Northampton 

 - London Gateway

 - Portbury



To find out how to book your container for rail, please see our dedicated rail bookings page to review your options.

Rail bookings can be made via:

  • Rail freight operators
  • Shipping lines
  • Freight forwarders


For further information, please contact: | 02380 799 600