Felixstowe Port. Photo: Network Rail

New rail destination from the Port of Felixstowe

A new daily rail service has been introduced at Hutchison Ports, at the port of Felixstowe. The new connection from the UK’s largest container port, runs to Maritime Transport’s newly opened East Midlands Gateway.

The new service answers the growing demand for rail at Felixstowe and follows hot on the heels of two new rail services to iPort Rossington and Hams Hall introduced from the port in the latter part of 2019.

Rail important element

“The Port of Felixstowe has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Maritime Transport; initially as a road transport operator and more recently as a fully-fledged multi-modal logistics provider. As one of the largest privately owned transport businesses in the UK it is fitting that they have introduced the first regular service to East Midlands Gateway from the country’s largest container port and intermodal rail hub”, commented Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Felixstowe and Executive Director of Hutchison Ports.

“Rail is an increasingly important element of the transport mix and through three dedicated rail terminals at the port we offer more rail services to more inland destinations with greater frequency than any other UK port.”

More to come

East Midlands Gateway, situated at Castle Donington in Leicestershire, is Maritime Transport’s first strategic rail freight interchange. Located alongside the M1 motorway the 17-acre site is ideally placed to serve as a regional distribution hub. When fully operational it will be capable of handling up to sixteen 775metre-long freight trains per day. Maritime Transport is planning to launch more rail services into this new terminal over the coming months.

Other destinations served by rail from the Port of Felixstowe are: Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Teesport, Birmingham, Birch Coppice, Doncaster, Selby, Hams Hall, Wakefield, Ditton (Widnes), Rotherham, iPort Rossington and Cardiff.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of RailFreight.com, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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