8th October 2008
The Port of Felixstowe has broken through the 9,000 rail-moves-per-week barrier for the first time ever, with a total of 9,111 containers being handled through the Rail Division during the week ending 28th September 2008. The previous record of 8,984 units was achieved in the week ending 14th September 2007.
The record-breaking rail volumes follow on from a number of key initiatives that have taken place at the Port in recent months. The South Rail Terminal has been extended by 39 metres on all three lines, so that it can now accommodate 22-wagon trains, as opposed to the 20-wagon trains it could handle previously.
The Terminal is also being equipped with two brand new state-of-the-art rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMGC). The first of these arrived at the Port in June 2008, and will be fully operational by the end of October 2008. The second RMGC is due for delivery in late 2009.
The Port’s rail infrastructure at the South Rail Terminal has also received a significant boost from Network Rail, who have upgraded the quality of the track, and implemented much-needed re-routing and switch improvements to enable 22-wagon trains to pass safely.
Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, which owns the Port of Felixstowe, said:
“This is a significant milestone for the Port of Felixstowe, and we are proud of the efforts of all our staff and those of Network Rail in helping to ensure that we remain the UK’s leading port rail operator.
“We are committed to optimising environmentally-friendly rail transport opportunities for our customers. The current very high volumes of rail traffic highlight the need to improve freight capacity on the rail network to enable more traffic to be distributed by sustainable modes”.
In order to further improve the efficiency and reliability of its rail operations, the Port has a number of significant developments planned for the future. These include a major investment in the refurbishment of Line 1 at the South Rail Terminal, with the entire 465 metres of track being replaced, due for completion by 5th January 2009. Further critical track upgrades, in co-operation with Network Rail, are scheduled for August 2009.
The Port is currently planning to introduce a 27th train service, anticipated to commence during 2009, to complement the existing 52 services per day to and from Coatbridge (Glasgow), Trafford Park (Manchester), Liverpool, Leeds, Cleveland, Birmingham, Tilbury, Selby, Wakefield, Hams Hall, Ditton, and Doncaster.
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Port of Felixstowe (PFL) is the largest container port in the UK, and one of the largest in Europe. PFL is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group, a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL). HPH is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in a total of 47 ports, spanning 24 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. HPH also owns a number of transportation-related service companies.