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Tilbury tests first freight train

[ October 23, 2020   //   ]

The Port of Tilbury carried out successful trials of the rail connection to its new Tilbury2 terminal on 14 October. When fully operational next year, the site – which will handle primarily building materials and containers – will be central to the low-carbon aspirations of customers such as Tarmac and P& Ferries.

The trial of the new track and twin sidings  capable of handling 775-metre trains, was carried out with train operator DRS.

Asset and site direct at Forth Ports-owned Tilbury, Paul Dale, commented: “Rail is a central and growing strand of our multimodal delivery model. Tilbury2’s capacity comes at a critical time for the UK as we decarbonise supply chains and reduce urban congestion. Our investment at Tilbury2 is mirrored at our rail terminal in Grangemouth, providing a hub-to hub model for customers working across the food, beverage and perishables sectors.”

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