Felixstowe gets new rail terminal on track

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UK: the Port of Felixstowe will today hold a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the formal commencement of the new North Rail Terminal project.

The new rail terminal will be the third at the UK's largest container port and is the first in the UK designed to handle 30-wagon long freight trains, capable of carrying 90 TEUs. It will be equipped initially with three rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMGs) built by Liebherr, increasing to six when the terminal is working at full capacity.

The scheme, which is receiving a GBP4.2m European grant from the Trans-European Transport Network Programme (TEN-T), follows the successful opening of the first phase of the port's latest expansion last autumn. The two new deep-water berths, Berths 8 and 9, have significantly increased the port's capacity to handle the world's largest container ships.

The Port of Felixstowe currently operates 29 daily services to 17 inland destinations including Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Cleveland, Birmingham, Doncaster, Tilbury, Selby, Hams Hall, Wakefield, Ditton (Widnes), Birch Coppice, Scunthorpe and Bristol.

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