Tackling road emissions with rail

rail service The new connection is the 36th daily rail service from the Port of Felixstowe. Image: Hutchison Ports

A new daily rail service at a UK port will strengthen existing rail operations set up to make cargo transportation more efficient while reducing transit time and emissions.

The new connection at Hutchison Ports’ Port of Felixstowe is the 36th daily rail service from the port and runs to Maritime Transport’s newly opened East Midlands Gateway.

Clemence Cheng, CEO at the Port of Felixstowe and executive director of Hutchison Ports, said: “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.”

He stated: “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.”

The new service caters for ever-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.

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 775m long freight trains per day.

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