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New rail freight service launched between Felixstowe and Birmingham

A new rail freight service between the Birmingham Intermodal Freight Terminal (BIFT) and the Port of Felixstowe was launched on Monday.

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Integrated road and rail solutions provider Maritime Transport launched a new intermodal service this week, which is hauled by GB Railfreight (GBRf).

The new service, which has increased Maritime’s Felixstowe to West Midlands capacity by 40%, runs five days per week from Tuesday to Saturday, with a total transport capacity of 87 TEU in each direction.

Maritime has invested more than €5 million in container handling equipment at BIFT since acquiring the terminal back in 2014, which now benefits from two Konecranes Noell N SC 644 E straddle carriers, two Kalmar ESC450 straddle carriers, and two Sany SDCY100K6GC empty container handlers, delivering industry-leading turnaround times and unrivalled service reliability.

To facilitate growing container volumes across its intermodal network, Maritime has ordered additional container handling machinery due to arrive throughout 2022, including six Sany reach stackers and three Kalmar reach stackers.

“Increasing the proportion of traffic moving by rail is an important part of our strategy to offer the widest possible range of sustainable transport options through the Port of Felixstowe” – said Felixstoew’s Operations Director Robert Ashton commenting on the news. -„With three dedicated rail terminals at the port we offer more rail services to more inland destinations with greater frequency than any other UK port.”