The UK’s Port of Felixstowe has opened a new rail terminal which will sees the container port’s rail capacity double and help the port get better with emissions.
The £40m investment in the new North Rail Terminal is part of a wider scheme to increase capacity at the port, which includes new Berths 8 and 9 opened in November 2011.
“Rail is becoming the mode of choice for an increasing number of shipping lines, forwarders and shippers to move their goods to and from ports. It provides cost, environmental and reliability benefits for many customers”, said Clemence Cheng, CEO of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, which owns the Port of Felixstowe.
The new terminal will allow the port to run longer trains of up to 35 wagons in length, as well as more of them.
“It will allow users of the port to improve the efficiency of their supply chains and at the same time reducing cost for them,” Mr Cheng added.
A total of 10 km of new track has been laid for the terminal, providing nine additional tracks, making a total of 20 tracks at the port. The project has been co-financed by the European Union Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) programme.
Mr Cheng pointed out that the Port of Felixstowe now offers more rail services, to more destinations, more often than any other UK port.