The Port of Felixstowe has set a new rail record, handling 10,764 containers (16,209 TEU) by rail in the week ending 26th September 2010.
The previous record of 10,582 units was achieved in the same week last year.
The increased volumes follow a number of track and equipment improvements made over the past two years, including a 39m extension of the south rail terminal to accommodate 22-wagon trains, a major line refurbishment of the same terminal over the New Year 2008/9, and a second brand new rail-mounted gantry crane in August this year.
David Gledhill, chief executive of Hutchison Ports, which owns the Port of Felixstowe, said: “In 2009 we saw two new services introduced from Felixstowe to Hams Hall and Birch Coppice, both near Birmingham, bringing the total number of daily services to 28, and in 2010 we have seen the first trials of 30-wagon trains from our North Terminal. The new volume record, however, represents increased volumes across all services, and not just the recent additions”.