Rail extension takes trucks off the road

Solent Rail Terminal The track at the Port of Southampton’s Solent Rail Terminal has been extended by 70m. Picture: ABP

A project to lengthen the tracks at the Port of Southampton’s Solent Rail Terminal has been completed and aims to reduce lorry movements in the city by 180,000 each year.

Part of a key commitment in ABP Southampton’s Air Quality Strategy, the project saw Solent Stevedores and ABP Southampton partner on the scheme to extend the track by 70m so that two 645m container trains can be serviced simultaneously. Previously only one shorter train could be accommodated at the terminal at a time.

Alastair Welch, ABP Southampton director, said: “We are continually investing in our infrastructure and facilities and alongside our partners at the port, we strive to operate in the most sustainable way possible.

“Expanding the rail freight offering at the port is great news for air quality.”

Improved efficiency

This project has significantly improved efficiency at the terminal by more than doubling the capacity of daily train services from five to a potential of 12 and from 60,000 container rail freight moves per year to a potential of 180,000 moves per year.

The investment also ensures the port can continue to accommodate the growing demand from customers wishing to use rail as a preferred method of cargo shipment.

Solent Rail Terminal services 1,600 container trains each year. In total, the port handles more than 1.9m teu every year.

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