Felixstowe: Port’s rail terminal project remains on track

WORK is progressing well on a new �40million rail terminal at Britain’s biggest port which will take up to 750,000 lorries a year off the A14.

Cranes for the tracks for the complex, being built at the northern end of the Port of Felixstowe, will be shipped over later this year from Ireland in sections to be put together on site.

Paul Davey, head of corporate affairs for port owners Hutchison Ports UK, said: “The appalling weather hasn’t made any difference at all to the construction programme.

“Everyone is very happy with the progress and we are looking forward to the extra capacity it will bring.”

The new terminal will ultimately double the capacity of the port for rail.

One of the advantages Felixstowe has over its rivals is being able to offer shipping companies much greater choice of destination and frequency for freight services than at other ports. The extra services the new terminal – and, in due course, dualling of part of the Felixstowe-Ipswich rail line – will provide should enhance customer service. The port has 58 train movements a day currently and connections with 17 inland destinations.