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Work starts on Felixstowe’s third rail terminal

[ March 15, 2012   //   ]


Under-secretary of state for transport, Mike Penning gave the ceremonial green light for work to start on Felixstowe’s North Rail Project, the port’s third terminal. It will be the first in the UK to handle 30-wagon (90teu) trains and will have three rail-mounted gantry cranes, increasing to six when the terminal is running at full capacity.

Hutchison Ports Holdings Central Europe managing director, Clemence Cheng, said that the new terminal would eventually double the port’s current 750,000teu a year intermodal capacity.

Mike Penning added that, “along with inland rail improvements, this investment will help to confirm the UK’s attractiveness for direct calls by the biggest container ships for many years to come.”

Hutchison Ports UK chief executive officer David Gledhill added: “One of the advantages that Felixstowe has over its rivals is that we can already offer shippers and shipping companies a much greater choice of rail services than any other port in the country. We currently have 58 train movements a day.”


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