UK port expands rail service

Trains at Felixstowe A new service, operated by GB Railfreight, links the Port of Felixstowe in Suffolk to iPort in Doncaster. Credit: Hutchison Ports

A new destination has been added to the range of intermodal rail connections available from the UK’s Port of Felixstowe to help reduce freight road traffic and air pollution.

The new service, operated by GB Railfreight, links the Suffolk port’s South Rail Terminal with iPort Rail, a new 30-acre multimodal rail freight facility in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

Clemence Cheng, chief executive officer at the Port of Felixstowe and executive director of Hutchison Ports, which owns the port, said: “More and more companies are looking for sustainable transport options and ays to avoid an increasingly crowded road network. The Port of Felixstowe is uniquely placed to meet those demands and already offers a wide range of intermodal rail freight services to key UK destinations.

“With nearly 1.5 million TEU moving between Felixstowe and locations in the Northern Powerhouse region each year, Felixstowe is already the North’s major gateway for global trade. This new connection provides businesses in this vital region with greater choice of ways to get their goods to market.”

The new service departs Felixstowe five times a week for iPort. Regular rail services are also run from Felixstowe to Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Teesport, Birmingham, Birch Coppice, Doncaster, Selby, Hams Hall, Wakefield, Ditton (Widnes), Rotherham and Cardiff.

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