An opening ceremony has taken place to mark the opening of the extension to the rail head project at Potter Logistics' Selby rail terminal.
Potter Logistics has extended its head shunt from 468m to 775m, allowing Selby to accommodate the longest trains that are now transporting freight from UK ports.
During the construction phase of the project, significant quantities of recycled products were successfully employed both for the civil and rail track elements of the project. The project was spearheaded by Potter Logistics’ executive chairman Derrick Potter alongside members of the Selby team.
The project was completed on time and in full with a minimum of disruption to the existing operations.
Matthew Lamb, Potter Logistics’ managing director, commented: “With the improvements in port capabilities, rail infrastructure and upgrades to key road links, a traditional road solution is no longer viable due to the environmental impact this brings. Upgrading our rail terminal to accommodate the longer trains allows us to reduce this impact and provide our customers with an economic solution.”
GB Railfreight (GBRf), on behalf of MSC, will extend its daily train from Felixstowe to Selby later in 2014.
MSC’s operations manager Paul Garnham, said: “MSC is proud to be running some of the best-utilised intermodal trains on the network. Our extensive use of rail and the need to increase rail capacity means the inland terminals play a strategic role in our ability to deliver.
"Potter Logistics recognised this need at an early stage, increasing the head shunt thereby providing the ability to handle longer trains. This in turn will contribute to reductions in our CO2 emissions while simultaneously enhancing the comprehensive rail product we offer our clients.”
John Smith, managing director for GBRf, added: “We are delighted with the investment undertaken by Potter Logistics to extend its head shunt at Selby rail terminal and want to thank them for their commitment and hard work.
“I have reiterated time and time again GBRf’s intentions to expand services out of the Port of Felixstowe, and this infrastructural development allows the company to be true to its word. The intermodal freight market has the potential to grow, but in addition to work undertaken by companies such as Potter Logistics, we need the Government to further incentivise strategic investment from the rest of the private sector in both inland and port infrastructure.
“Once we start using our new Ecofret wagons in late 2014, we will be operating the longest intermodal freight trains on the network, indicative of the innovation and drive for productivity that lies at the heart not just of the MSC service, but every service we offer. We hope similar infrastructural developments across the country allow us to continue to grow into 2015.”
Pictured (l-r): Julie Garn - Business Manager, GBRf; Paul Graham – Operations Manager, MSC; Derrick Potter - Executive Chairman, Potter Logistics; John Smith – Managing Director, GBRf; Matthew Lamb – Managing Director, Potter Logistics.