More trains to take freight to Hull docks
An initiative that will double the number of trains serving Hull's docks has been officially opened.
The project, which has taken three years to complete, will increase the amount of trains go to and from the docks from eight per day to 22.
Rosie Winterton in Hull
It was officially opened yesterday by Transport Minister and Minister for Yorkshire Rosie Winterton.
The project, which cost £14.5m to deliver, was the result of a partnership deal between Yorkshire Forward, Network Rail, Associated British Ports and Northern Way.
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Work carried out on the rail infrastructure includes a doubling of the track supplying the ports, improvements in the signalling along the line and increasing the speed limit on lines from 15mph to 30mph.
Ms Winterton, along with representatives from the organisations involved arrived at the opening reception via the revamped rail line.
Speaking at the ceremony, she said the project made sense economically and environmentally and was an example of effective partnership working.
UK ports handle around 550 million tonnes of freight per year. About 90 million of that is brought in through Hull.
Matt Dukes, director of Hull and Goole docks, welcomed the upgrade, saying the rail network had been running at a maximum capacity of eight trains for a number of years.