Southampton Container Terminal (SCT), the UK’s second largest container terminal, handles approximately 29% of containers by rail, with the majority of containers travelling out of the terminal by road. SCT would like to see this figure substantially grow but the current rail infrastructure out of Southampton limits the ability of rail operators to carry 9 ft 6 in containers without specialised rail wagons.
SCT’s managing director Patrick Walters commented, “SCT welcomes this very encouraging development step towards the much-needed rail gauge enhancement project at Southampton. This vital project will improve both regional and national economic performance and productivity as well as having a positive impact on the environment.”
SCT has been working closely with ABP, the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), Network Rail and other partners as part of a ‘Core Delivery Team’ to promote the project.