London Gateway to build rail terminal for longest trains in UK

DP World London Gateway has awarded Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering a contract to build a rail terminal capable of handling the longest trains in the UK.

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Published: Mon 30 Apr 2012, 11:18 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 11:29 AM

Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering is to develop the first of three rail terminals and double track the branch line to the port, which will allow London Gateway to accommodate trains up to 34 wagons long.

It will be served directly from the fully automated yard where dedicated landside equipment will operate 24 hours per day, seven days per week even in very high wind conditions. This will allow traffic using the London Gateway rail terminal to have an unprecedented access to and from the container terminal storage area.

London Gateway is within close proximity to the East Coast and West Coast Main Lines that serve the UK’s major cargo destinations including Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Birmingham and Liverpool.

“We recognise that customers are looking for a reliable service that will reduce transportation costs. With dedicated landside equipment and being located closer to the major UK markets, London Gateway offers an efficient — green solution to supply chains,” London Gateway rail terminal manager Gina Acosta said.

“With 33 per cent of all container traffic expected to leave London Gateway by rail, we are committed to having the right infrastructure and operational processes in place from day one.”

“We are delighted to be working with London Gateway to build this important rail infrastructure which will help make the UK more competitive and create new options for distribution of freight,” Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering managing director Marshall Scottsaid.

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