25th September 2007
The Port of Felixstowe is celebrating yet another record for the number of containers handled by its two rail terminals. The record has been broken twice in the space of three months.
Volumes reached an all-time high in the week ending 14th September 2007, when a total of 8,796 containers were handled. The previous record of 8,754 units was achieved in June.
Chris Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, which owns the Port of Felixstowe, commented:
“We are dedicated to transporting as many containers as possible by rail, thus easing pressure on the country’s road network. These records have been achieved through better utilisation of trains, and the use of additional wagons on existing services.
“The current very high volumes of rail traffic highlight the need to improve freight capacity on the railway network to enable more traffic to be distributed by sustainable modes”.
Rail volumes are due to remain at high levels for the coming months, and further record-breaking volumes are possible in the busy period running up to Christmas.
There are a total of 50 arrivals or departures 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, Selby, Wakefield, Hams Hall, Ditton, Daventry and Doncaster.
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Port of Felixstowe (PFL) is the largest container port in the UK, and one of the largest in Europe. PFL is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group, a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL). HPH is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator, with interests in 23 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Committed to innovation, HPH is one of the most technologically advanced port operators in the industry. Today, HPH has operating rights in a total of 257 berths in 45 ports, and owns a number of transportation-related service companies. In 2006, the HPH Group handled a combined throughput of 59.3 million TEU worldwide.