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Freight upgrade brings longer trains to Selby terminal

A Selby based logistics firm will now be able to welcome some of the longest freight trains in the country following the opening of its upgraded rail terminal.

Julie Garn, GBRf; Paul Garnham, MSC, Derrick Potter, Potter Logistics; John Smith, GBRf; Matthew Lamb, Potter Logistics at grand opening of new rail terminal
Julie Garn, GBRf; Paul Garnham, MSC, Derrick Potter, Potter Logistics; John Smith, GBRf; Matthew Lamb, Potter Logistics at grand opening of new rail terminal
Potter Logistics
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Potter Logistics, located on the Barlby banks of the River Ouse, celebrated the completion of its new rail head project with an opening ceremony on July 24th. The project, an extension to its existing terminal, has increased the length of its head shunt area from 468 metres to 775 metres.

Completion of the project means that now, for the first time, the company will be able to accept a daily train from ports in Felixstowe into the Selby terminal. The first train expected to stop later in 2014.

During its construction, significant quantities of recycled products were used 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 their team in Selby.

The company proudly proclaimed that the project was completed on time with minimum of disruption to its existing operations.

Matthew Lamb, Potter Logistics’ Managing Director comments, “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.”

MSC’s Operations Manager Paul Garnham continues, “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.”

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First published at 19:01 on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014.
Last updated at 21:14 on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014.