The Port of Felixstowe has opened a new rail terminal, doubling rail capacity at the U.K. container port.
The new North Rail Terminal allows the port to accommodate trains of up to 35 wagons (railcars) in length. The project involved designing, building and equipping the North Rail Terminal in order to improve the intermodal transfer of containers from ships to freight trains and shift their onward transport from road to rail. Ten kilometers (about 6.2 miles) of new track were laid for the terminal, allowing it to handle 1.1 million 20-foot-equivalent units per year.
The new terminal represents an investment of £40 million (about US$62.0 million). It was co-financed by the European Union Trans-European Transport Network program, which contributed €5 million (about $6.6 million) and Hutchison Ports, the owner of the Port of Felixstowe. The terminal is part of a scheme to increase capacity at the port, including new Berths 8 and 9, which opened in November 2011.