Felixstowe enhances rail freight operations with new RMGs

Felixstowe enhances rail freight operations with new RMGs

The UK’s largest container port, the Port of Felixstowe, has expanded rail freight facilities still further with the commissioning of two new Rail Mounted Gantry cranes (RMGs) at its North Rail Terminal.

Manufactured by Leibherr, the new cranes have been co-financed by the European Union Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) programme.  In total, Felixstowe has nine rail cranes and 16 tracks at its three terminals making it the largest intermodal rail facility in the UK.

Rail continues to be a key part of the port’s success, with volumes representing 28% of inland throughput and continue to grow at around 7% per year. Since 2002 the Port of Felixstowe has doubled rail throughput and is now the biggest rail container terminal in the UK.

Leading rail freight companies Freightliner, GB Railfreight and DB Schenker all operate rail services at Felixstowe.  Regular rail services are run from the port to Birmingham, Manchester, Trafford Park, Scunthorpe, Hams Hall, Daventry, Wakefield, Bristol, Doncaster, Ditton, Liverpool, Selby, Leeds, Tilbury, Teesport, Burton-on-Trent and Coatbridge.

Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe, said: “The Port of Felixstowe already has greater rail capability than any other port in the UK.  In 2014, we handled 890,000 TEU at our three rail terminals on the 60 arrivals or departures we have every day.  Volumes by rail are continuing to grow and are now over 20% higher than before we opened the North Rail Terminal in 2013.

“The frequency of services we can offer makes rail a much more reliable and viable alternative to 17 destinations in the UK helping to reduce road congestion and allowing customers to strip carbon out of their supply chains.  The new cranes will help us to move even greater volumes by rail in future.”