The population of Britain is geographically spread across the country, with almost 85% of people living outside London. Goods therefore need to be distributed from the Port of Felixstowe throughout the country, quickly and efficiently.
70% of containers coming through Felixstowe are delivered to what is known as the 'Golden Triangle’, a region in the middle of Britain where many of the country’s main high street brands and online retailers have their National Distribution Centres.
Decades of investment by the Port of Felixstowe in onward transportation connectivity has resulted in the broadest, most frequent connections now being available to get your containers where they need to go, fast. Whether by road, rail or feeder vessel, we aim to offer a range of viable, cost-effective options to provide you with real commercial advantage.
The UK centre of gravity for logistics is in Northamptonshire. We call it the golden triangle.
if you can get your goods to
this point here, then your distribution costs are going to be competitive.”
MANAGING DIRECTOR, C BUTT LTD
The Port of Felixstowe is home to Britain’s largest container rail terminal. With 66 train movements per day to 15 national destinations, no British port moves more containers. We ensure your consignments reach their destinations quickly and cost effectively.
Since 2002, the rail throughput at Felixstowe has more than doubled. During 2015 we routinely handled 17,000 TEU in a week, and a total of 910,000 TEU throughout the year. 27% of the Port’s domestic throughput now uses the rail network, and rail volumes today are 20% higher than before the opening of the North Rail Terminal in June 2013.
The opening of the North Rail Terminal, and the addition of two further Rail Mounted Gantry Cranes, has doubled capacity, and made the Port of Felixstowe’s rail terminal even more efficient. The port’s rail volume alone is greater than the total number of containers handled through ports such as Tilbury, Liverpool or Bristol.
Daily Rail Schedule
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The Port of Felixstowe offers the most frequent and widest range of carbon efficient coastal feeder services to other east coast, Scottish and Irish ports.
Weekly Feeder Departures
The Port of Felixstowe’s road links to the major distribution centres of Britain avoid the country’s busiest road network – the M25 around London (which, according to the AA, is the worst motorway in the UK for road closures). This prevents additional time and costs from being incurred due to congestion delays, and reduces unnecessary carbon emissions.
The Port of Felixstowe services 3,750 trucks per weekday with an average turnaround time of 32 mins.