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New rail terminal for Felixstowe to ease lorry pressure

By: Ashley Curtis
14 March 2012

A £40 million project to build a third rail terminal in Felixstowe plans to take 750,000 more lorries off the A14 every year.

Eadt.co.uk reports the scheme at the Port of Felixstowe is the first project in the UK designed to handle 30-wagon long freight trains, capable of carrying 90 standard sized containers.

In addition, the port will be equipped initially with three Rail Mounted Gantry crane (RMGs) built by Liebherr; increasing to six when the terminal is working at full capacity. It could spell good news for those in the freight and road sectors of logistics work - existing drivers may find emptier roads ahead of them while those at the port are taking an increased workload.

Clemence Chenning, managing director of HPHP Central Europe, hopes the new terminal will single out the port as a leading gateway.

He spoke to Business Weekly: "This new rail facility is part of the port's ongoing programme of expansion which will further consolidate our position as the leading gateway in the UK for deep-sea container traffic.

"We already move 750,000 TEU per year by rail and the new terminal will eventually more than double our capacity for intermodal traffic," he added.

Currently, the port has 58 train movements a day and connections with 17 inland destinations.

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