Saturday, September 5, 2009

Rail Freight Improvement Plan Commences

New Project Will Allow High Cube Container Movements
Shipping News Feature

SOUTHAMPTON, UK – Network Rail, the UK national rail company, has commenced a £71 million scheme to improve and update rail freight viability from the port of Southampton in Hampshire up through to Nuneaton, Warwickshire to meet with the West Coast main line.

Works will be undertaken at almost fifty sites on the route, which runs through Winchester, Basingstoke, Didcot, Oxford, Banbury, Leamington Spa and Warwick. This will facilitate the carriage of more High Cube freight containers to and from the port which will reduce the number of road miles currently undertaken.

Full details of the works will be released as they arise. The works are in line with Government policy and Transport Minister Sadiq Khan commented: “This work will make us better competitors in the global marketplace, while reducing road congestion and carbon emissions along the way. Rail can be a cheaper, quicker, greener and a more practical way for businesses to transport their goods across the country and beyond”.

Meanwhile in Southampton itself 3 Morris harbour cranes remain suspended from operation after the accident last month when an extension jib collapsed seriously injuring the driver. This was the second such accident recently. Mr J Squibb, the injured driver, is said to be making positive steps toward recovery.