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Another rail record for Felixstowe

[ June 20, 2012   //   ]

The Port of Felixstowe has set a new  record, handling a total of 11,474 containers (17,211 TEUs) in a single week. This follows three weeks of record-breaking rail movements at the UK’s largest container port. David Gledhill, chief executive officer of Hutchison Ports (UK), which owns the Port of Felixstowe, commented: “These record-breaking volumes have come at a fundamental time, as the government considers the upgrades to the rail network it will procure over the next five years. Whilst a number of works on the Felixstowe to Nuneaton connection have already been completed, these record figures highlight the importance of a strong rail network nationwide, as rail freight becomes an ever more popular method of goods movement.”

The port currently operates two open-access, common-user rail terminals and an all-new third rail terminal has been under construction since March 2012, designed to handle 30-wagon long freight trains, each capable of carrying 90teu. The port already moves 750,000 TEU per year by rail and the new terminal will eventually more than double its capacity for intermodal traffic.

 

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