As part of a commitment to improving air quality in the port and for the city, Solent Stevedores and ABP Southampton have partnered on this scheme to extend the track by 70 metres so that two 645-metre container trains can be serviced simultaneously.

Previously only one shorter train could be accommodated at the terminal at a time.

This project has significantly improved efficiency at the terminal by more than doubling the capacity of daily train services from five to a potential of 12 and from 60,000 container rail freight moves per year to a potential of 180,000 moves per year.

This investment also ensures the port can continue to accommodate the growing demand from customers wishing to use rail as a preferred method of cargo shipment.

This comes in line with the ABP Southampton’s Air Quality Strategy that was published in 2018.

We are continually investing in our infrastructure and facilities and alongside our partners at the port, we strive to operate in the most sustainable way possible. Expanding the rail freight offering at the port is great news for air quality,

...said Alastair Welch, ABP Southampton Director.

The Solent Rail Terminal at the Port of Southampton services 1,600 container trains each year. In total, the port handles more than 1.9 million TEU every year.