Creation date: June 4, 2013
A new rail terminal in the British Port of Felixstowe was inaugurated today in a ceremony attended by His Royal Highness The Duke of York KG as well as representatives from the Port's management structure, and many other stakeholders. The new "North Rail Terminal", which will increase the overall freight handling capacity of the port and boost co-modality, was part of an EU co-financed project supported to the tune of €5 million.
Dirk Beckers, Executive Director of the TEN-T EA, explained: "The TEN-T Programme has delivered yet another success story which will have a positive impact on businesses and citizens alike. The Port of Felixstowe's new rail terminal shows that EU support can and is directed towards high value added projects capable of yielding true improvements to the European transport infrastructure network. Indeed the efficient and professional approach on part of the Ports Authority towards the successful execution of the Action is highly appreciated."
The project involved designing, building and equipping the new 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 kilometres of new track was laid for the terminal, bringing the total number of available rail tracks to 16 and allowing the terminal to handle 1.1 million twenty-foot equivalent units [standard 20-foot-long (6.1 m) intermodal containers] per year.
The European Commission and the TEN-T EA, which have followed the project from start to finish, welcome today's inauguration as a key step in the advancement for European mobility as a whole.
For more information, please consult the project's page!