Hams Hall sees rail freight boost

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Hams Hall, the Birmingham rail freight terminal and logistics hub owned by Associated British Ports has added 15 new weekly train services to its offering.

ABP’s manager of inland operations, Martin Philpott, said: “At a time when much of the country is still feeling the effects of the recession it is encouraging for the rail industry that we are able to successfully grow our business, improve service levels to our customers and contribute to carbon reduction.”

ABP acquired the terminal in 2002 and has invested in an ongoing expansion programme, which has seen operational capacity treble. 

Hams Hall now has the capacity to handle up to 1,000 containers a day at peak times. 

Mediterranean Shipping Company introduced a second daily service from Felixstowe last March.

Norfolk Line started a bi-weekly service from Hams Hall to Novara via the Channel Tunnel in June. It also began the first temperature-controlled rail freight cargo for a number of years in September.

While, in August DB Schenker began a daily service to Mossend in Scotland. It also started a three weekly Channel Tunnel service to Novara in Italy in November enabling Channel Tunnel product to transfer at Hams Hall for onward movement to Scotland or vice versa.

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