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Freightliner to switch Middlesbrough terminal to Teesport

[ July 16, 2014   //   ]

Freightliner is to switch its services to the Middlesbrough area from its inland site at Wilton to Teesport once PD Ports completes a £3 million new rail terminal.

Construction of a new, open access rail terminal by PD Ports will commence in July and once complete it will handle services from Teesport to Felixstowe and Southampton – but further new routes to Scotland, the Midlands and the North West are expected to follow in line with market demand.

Thenew rail terminal follows on from the £16.7m container terminal expansion in 2011.

PD Ports’ Group CEO, David Robinson, commented “We have invested significantly in expanding the intermodal services available at the port and the arrival of Freightliner will provide a greater level of service options, as well as improve our portcentric capability for our customers.”

Freightliner MS, Adam Cunliffe, added: “Freightliner has a long established site at Wilton with a dedicated and committed workforce. Unfortunately we have found it increasingly difficult to attract volume through the site in the face of a strong feeder alternative via Teesport. Volume levels through Wilton have reduced substantially during the recession and the site can no longer compete effectively as it requires an additional road shunt to rival containers that move directly through Teesport. The move to Teesport will increase the opportunity for containers to be moved by rail following completion of the exciting investment by PD Ports.”


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