ABP's Hams Hall Rail Freight Terminal
Associated British Ports’ (ABP) Hams Hall inter-modal rail freight terminal near Birmingham has won an Environmental Innovation Award at the 2009 Rail Freight Group Awards held recently in London.
The Environmental Innovation Award is given to a freight industry company which has pioneered and invested in environmental schemes. Against stiff opposition, ABP won the award for reducing fuel consumption and lowering the emissions from their ‘Reach Stackers’, which are mobile machinery used to lift containers on and off trains. Martin Philpott, ABP’s Manager of Inland Operations said: “In an ever changing and competitive world, reducing operating costs linked with concern for the environment is of paramount importance to us.”
“The improved performance has resulted in a one-third reduction in fuel consumption and an annual financial saving of around British Pounds 84,000. ABP also saved 163,000 litres of fuel which would have produced a further 436 tonnes of CO2 emissions.” He added: “Hams Hall works alongside its customers to achieve sustainable long-term solutions for inter-modal rail freight which has a lower environmental impact than road haulage per tonne of freight cargo.”
“We were particularly pleased to win this award, which demonstrates our commitment and contribution to reducing CO2 emissions.”
Since ABP acquired the 11-hectare Hams Hall Terminal in 2002, an ongoing expansion programme has seen operational capacity treble. Hams Hall can load and unload up to 1,000 containers a day. Situated four miles outside Birmingham, the terminal is adjacent to the Nuneaton – Birmingham rail line, which links into the rail network covering a range of UK ports and the Channel Tunnel. The location of ABP Hams Hall also provides easy access to M1, M6, M42 and M69 motorways.