Freight News, Rail

Minister hears Immingham rail plans

[ October 21, 2014   //   ]

New Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport Claire Perry discussed plans to strengthen rail infrastructure when she visited Associated British Ports’ (ABP) Port of Immingham in mid-October. The port handles more than 25% of all UK rail freight.

The minister toured the port as part of a visit organised by local Government officials including a number of Humber MPs keen to promote Immingham’s importance to the economic life of the region and to the UK as a whole.

Ms Perry, who is currently the MP for Devizes, was appointed in July and has responsibility for rail franchising, commercial activity and fares, major rail projects, freight and logistics, transport agencies, as well as corporate regulation.

ABP head of projects Humber Simon Brett said: “The minister was keen to learn about rail infrastructure within the port boundary, how it’s currently used, how it can be improved and how it links to the wider UK rail freight network. We have plans to grow our dry bulks business, particularly at the Humber International Terminal, and our rail freight links are crucial to this.

We stressed the importance of enhancing Immingham’s connectivity as we continue to invest in developing the Humber’s biggest asset, and she was extremely receptive to our plans.”

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