The UK’s busiest container port, Port of Felixstowe has become the first port in the UK to handle over 1 million TEU by rail in a single year, more than a quarter of its 4 million TEU annual throughput.
The one millionth unit was loaded yesterday onto the 13:34 Freightliner service to Birmingham from the Hutchison Ports facility.
Commenting on the achievement, Clemence Cheng, executive director for Hutchison Ports and CEO of the Port of Felixstowe, said: “This new milestone for the port reflects the excellent relationships we have developed with all the rail freight operators at the port. Rail is an increasingly important differentiator for shipping lines as well as importers and exporters and we are able to offer them a greater number of rail services to more destinations, more often, than any other port.
“Rail is also a key factor in reducing the environmental impact of transport and helps reduce road congestion. We are continuing to invest heavily in rail infrastructure at Felixstowe and are currently working with Network Rail on capacity enhancements to the Felixstowe Branch Line.”
Adam Cunliffe, UK managing director of intermodal operator Freightliner Group, added: “We would like to congratulate the Port of Felixstowe on this achievement. As a reliable, efficient and sustainable method of distribution demand for intermodal rail freight continues to grow.
“The Port of Felixstowe plays a vital role in delivering a broad network of rail services to all major UK conurbations. We look forward to continuing to work with Felixstowe to further grow the movement of containers by rail.”
There are a total of 66 freight train movements at the Port of Felixstowe making it the UK’s busiest intermodal rail freight terminal. In addition to Freightliner, services are offered by GB Railfreight and DB Cargo to a range of destinations including Glasgow, Manchester, Trafford Park, Liverpool, Leeds, Teesport, Birmingham, Doncaster, Rotherham, Hams Hall, Daventry, Wakefield, Ditton (Widnes), Birch Coppice and Bristol.