The United Kingdom’s transport minister has signed off on a scheme to improve the Port of Felixstowe’s rail connections.
The £60m (US$80m) scheme, jointly funded by Network Rail and Hutchison Ports, will allow up to 47 freight trains to run per day in each direction between Ipswich and Felixstowe.
Hutchison-operated Felixstowe is the largest container port in the United Kingdom and Ipswich is the nearest large town to the East Coast port.
Commenting on the scheme, Clemence Cheng, Executive Director Hutchison Ports and CEO of the Port of Felixstowe, said: “Rail is an increasingly important differentiator as shipping lines and cargo owners look to remove carbon from their supply chains. The Port of Felixstowe already has the widest choice of rail services in the UK with 33 daily services to 17 different inland destinations.”
“This scheme complements the investment we have made in rail capacity at the port and will allow us to offer an even greater range of sustainable distribution option to our customers. Over 100 million heavy goods vehicle miles per year are already saved by using rail freight from Felixstowe and we look forward to that figure increasing significantly in future.”
According to Hutchison Ports, Felixstowe has the busiest and biggest intermodal rail freight facility in the UK with three terminals.