Further critical track upgrades in co-operation with Network Rail, are also being undertaken at the South Rail Terminal on the curve of the track by the Felixstowe Seafarers’ Centre, alongside Carr Road.
Chris Lewis, CEO of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, which owns the Port of Felixstowe, said, “We have experienced very high volumes of rail traffic in recent months – breaking through the 9,000 rail moves per week threshold for the first time ever in September this year – and this highlights the need to improve freight capacity on the rail network so that more traffic can be distributed by sustainable modes.”
The South Rail Terminal was extended by 39 m on all three lines earlier in the year and it is now able to accommodate trains up to 22 wagons in length. A new rail-mounted gantry cranes became fully operational at the terminal in October 2008.
The Port currently offers 52 services per day to and from Coatbridge (Glasgow), Trafford Park (Manchester), Liverpool, Leeds, Cleveland, Birmingham, Tilbury, Selby, Wakefield, Hams Hall, Ditton, and Doncaster.