6/20/12 10:03 AM

Port of Felixstowe celebrates another rail record

The Port of Felixstowe has set a new rail record, handling a total of 11,474 containers (17,211 TEUs) in a single week. This follows three weeks of record-breaking rail movements at the UK’s largest container port

The port currently operates two open-access, common-user rail terminals and an all-new third rail terminal has been under construction since March 2012. Co-financed by the European Union from the Trans-European Network budget, the new North Rail Terminal is designed to handle 30-wagon long freight trains, each capable of carrying 90 TEU (twenty foot equivalent containers). The port already moves 750,000 TEU per year by rail and the new terminal will eventually more than double its capacity for intermodal traffic.

Rail freight services at Felixstowe are offered by Freightliner, GB Railfreight and DB Schenker. Daily connections are available to and from Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Cleveland, Birmingham, Doncaster, Tilbury, Selby, Hams Hall, Wakefield, Ditton (Widnes), Birch Coppice, Scunthorpe and Bristol.

Christopher Snelling