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PD Ports calls for investment in UK rail

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PD Ports, operator of Teesport in the north of England, has called for greater rail infrastructure investment to improve capacity and connectivity on the UK rail network.

The Teesport Intermodal Rail Terminal was established two year ago with connections to Felixstowe and Southampton on the UK’s south coast with Freightliner and to Mossend and Grangemouth in Scotland with DB Cargo UK.

But the rail terminal is now nearing capacity on most routes, said Geoff Lippitt, PD Ports’ Business Development Director.

“We’ve successfully built a strong rail operation at Teesport and there is clear appetite for increased frequency of services,” said Lippitt. “But as an industry, we still face challenges that could potentially hold back future progress if existing issues of inadequate UK rail infrastructure and limited capacity aren’t tackled.”

Lippitt concluded: “We are committed to continuing our work with the likes of Transport for North, Department for Transport and Network Rail to tackle these issues and ensure greater efficiencies in UK freight movements to deliver long-term economic success for the North.”

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