London Gateway picks builder for rail terminal

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DP World has chosen Balfour Beatty to build a rail terminal at London Gateway, the deep-sea container port and logistics park that is being built on the north bank of the Thames, east of London.

It will develop the first of three rail terminals and double track the branch line to the site. The terminal will be able to accommodate trains up to 34 wagons long, future proofing the new global logistics hub.

Gina Acosta, London Gateway Port/Park interface and rail terminal manager said: “With 33 per cent of London Gateway port’s throughput expected to go by rail, we are committed to having the right infrastructure and operational processes in place from day one. We are also future proofing rail capacity by double tracking the branch line.”

London Gateway is due to open in the third quarter of next year. When fully developed it will handle 3.5 million TEU annually. It reckons that the adjacent logistics park will be the largest in Europe.

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