A new daily rail service has been introduced at Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe. The new connection, the 36th daily rail service from the UK’s largest container port, runs to Maritime Transport’s newly opened East Midlands Gateway.
The new service caters for ever-growing demand for rail at Felixstowe and follows two new rail services to iPort Rossington and Hams Hall introduced from the port in late of 2019.
“The Port of Felixstowe has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Maritime Transport; initially as a road transport operator and more recently as a fully-fledged multi-modal logistics provider,” said Clemence Cheng, CEO at the Port of Felixstowe and Executive Director of Hutchison Ports.
“As one of the largest privately owned transport businesses in the UK it is fitting that they have introduced the first regular service to East Midlands Gateway from the country’s largest container port and intermodal rail hub.”
He added, “Rail is an increasingly important element of the transport mix and through three dedicated rail terminals at the port we offer more rail services to more inland destinations with greater frequency than any other UK port.”
East Midlands Gateway, situated at Castle Donington in Leicestershire, is Maritime Transport’s first strategic rail freight interchange.
When fully operational it will be capable of handling up to sixteen 775m-long freight trains per day.
In addition to the terminal, Maritime also operates rail terminals in Tamworth, Tilbury, Wakefield and Trafford Park and have over 30 transport depots throughout the UK to support their customers’ growing demands.