Freight News, Rail, Sea

Twice the trains for Port of Liverpool

[ November 19, 2021   //   ]

An £8.3m programme to upgrade the Bootle branch line that connects the Port of Liverpool to the rest of the rail network have been completed, doubling freight train capacity says Peel Ports.  

Funded by the Department for Transport, the upgrade includes doubling a 400 metre section of single track and allows up to two freight trains an hour to run in each direction. The upgraded route will meet predicted demand for decades to come, Peel says.

Managing director David Huck added: “This is truly transformational news for the Port of Liverpool and for the future of sustainable supply chains. The new rail line upgrade enables even more choice and connectivity for customers by providing four departures per day from the container terminal. This is in addition to our long-standing bulk rail services. We can now reach the central belt of Scotland as well as East and West Midland destinations with ease.”

It would further strengthen Liverpool as a strong, viable alternative location to southern ports, he said.

A new GB Railfreight-operated service between Liverpool and the West Midlands was recently launched in conjunction with DKT new China Xpress liner shipping service from Shanghai and Ningbo, Liverpool’s first direct shipping service to and from China.