New Felixstowe service starts up
We’re pleased to report that a new service to and from the Port of Felixstowe has started this week at iPort Rail.
Operated by GB Railfreight, the service will run five days a week, and is GBRf’s 16th intermodal service to date, following rapid expansion into the market over the past 18 months. GBRf trains now carry one third of all containerised rail traffic to and from the Port of Felixstowe.
Steve Freeman, Managing Director of iPort Rail, said: “This new Felixstowe service highlights the growth iPort Rail is experiencing since welcoming its first commercial service late last year, and the increasing significance of our facility to national and international supply chains.
“The terminal already handles several hundred tonnes of goods daily, and we are excited that our expansion story is set to benefit businesses across the country even further.”
John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight, added: “I am thrilled to see the beginning of this new service. It is fantastic to be working once again with valued friends and partners. Our growth in intermodal speaks to GBRf’s commitment to innovation, offering flexible and innovative door-to-door solutions that meet our customer’s needs, as well as a consistently reliable service. ”
Commenting on the new destination, Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Felixstowe and Executive Director of Hutchison Ports, said: “With nearly 1.5 million TEU moving between Felixstowe and locations in the Northern Powerhouse region each year, Felixstowe is already the North’s major gateway for global trade. This new connection provides businesses in this vital region with greater choice of ways to get their goods to market.”
The new service departs Felixstowe’s South Rail Terminal at 04:05 each day, Tuesday to Saturday, arriving in iPort Rail at 10:47. The return service departs at 15:32 arriving back in Felixstowe at 23:25.