11th May 2004
The number of containers being transported through the Port of Felixstowe by rail has reached an all-time high. A weekly total of over 7,006 containers was handled for the first time ever towards the end of April 2004, breaking the previous record, set in December last year, by 330 units.
Richard Pearson, Managing Director of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, commented:
“We are delighted to see such buoyant rail volumes through the Port of Felixstowe. We have seen a 14% increase in the number of containers transported by rail over the last two years, and we will continue to put all our efforts into improving on this figure. The record is a tribute to our customers and the dedicated staff in our Rail Division who have contributed to this success.”
The Port of Felixstowe saw the launch of number of new rail services towards the end of last year, including Freightliner’s Felixstowe to Daventry route, and GB Railfreight’s service from the Port to Hams Hall.
There are a total of 22 inbound and 21 outbound trains per day from the Port of Felixstowe’s North and South Rail terminals. These trains link the Port to Coatbridge (Glasgow), Trafford Park (Manchester), Liverpool, Leeds, Cleveland, Birmingham, Cardiff, Tilbury, Doncaster, Selby, Widnes, Hams Hall, and Daventry. The Port also handles two forest products trains per day at its dedicated paper-handling rail terminal.
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Port of Felixstowe (PFL) is the largest container port in the UK and one of the leading ports in Europe. PFL is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL). HPH is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator with interests in 17 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Today, HPH operates in a total of 35 ports together with a number of transportation related service companies.