Tuesday , 21 January 2020
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Rail links from the Port of Felixstowe have been boosted by the start of a new service, operated by Freightliner Limited, running to Doncaster in South Yorkshire.

New rail service at Felixstowe

It is the port’s 30th daily rail service and comes on the heels of the third rail terminal, which opened in June of this year and will double Felixstowe’s rail capacity.

Clemence Cheng, CEO of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, owners of the Port of Felixstowe, said: “The latest service brings to 60 the number of freight train movements we handle each day and will take around 1.75 million HGV miles each year off the strategic road network.”

Adam Cunliffe, managing director of Freightliner Limited, said: “The additional service to Doncaster is in response to the continued demand for quality rail services… [it] represents a further switch of volume from road utilising a new state of the art Powerhaul locomotive, allowing full use of the new North Rail Terminal’s capacity for 30-plus wagon services.”

Rail services at the port were given a further lift last week with the news that the European Commission has earmarked €1.7m (US$2.4m) from its Trans-European Network budget towards the cost of three new Rail-Mounted Gantry cranes at the port’s new rail terminal.