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New cranes help Felixstowe offer a rail alternative

[ May 6, 2015   //   ]

The Port of Felixstowe has commissioned two new rail mounted gantry cranes at its North Rail Terminal. The Leibherr machines have been co-financed by the European Union Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) programme and bring Felixstowe’s total to nine rail cranes serving 16 tracks at its three terminals, making it the largest intermodal rail facility in the UK.

The port’s chief executive, Clemence Cheng, said: “Felixstowe already has greater rail capability than any other port in the UK. In 2014, we handled 890,000teu at our three rail terminals on the 60 arrivals or departures we have every day. Volumes by rail are continuing to grow and are now over 20% higher than before we opened the North Rail Terminal in 2013.

The frequency of services we can offer makes rail a much more reliable and viable alternative to 17 destinations in the UK helping to reduce road congestion and allowing customers to strip carbon out of their supply chains. The new cranes will help us to move even greater volumes by rail in future.”