Felixstowe: Royal visitor set to open new rail terminal at Port of Felixstowe
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Britain’s biggest container port will host a royal visitor today as the Duke of York opens its new £40million rail terminal.
The investment by Hutchison Ports at the Port of Felixstowe will double the terminal’s rail capacity, a key factor in its drive for new business in the years ahead.
Acrobats, dancers and pyrotechnics will entertain the duke as he take parts in a ceremony alongside Clemence Cheng, chief executive officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, and Dr John Meredith, group managing director of Hutchison Port Holdings, to declare the new nine-track northern rail terminal open.
The duke has spoken of the importance in offering a wide range of educational pathways to young people to give them the best opportunity to develop the relevant skills for work, and he will be meeting a number of the port’s apprentices during his visit.
Construction of the rail terminal follows completion 18 months ago of two new deepwater berths at the port.
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The company is confident the investments will secure Felixstowe’s position as the UK’s major hub port long into the future.
The rail terminal will take up to 750,000 lorries a year off the A14 by 2030 when the terminal is working to capacity.
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It will be the port’s third rail terminal and first in the UK designed to handle the new 30-wagon freight trains, capable of carrying 90 standard-sized containers.