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Case study: In pictures - Rail freight at Felixstowe

Words: The Planner

Rail shifts more than a million containers of freight from the Port of Felixstowe to distribution centres around the UK each year. It’s integral to the nation’s trading capability – and its role is expanding

1. (top image) Rail has always been at the heart of the Port of Felixstowe – the venture started life as the Felixstowe Rail and Pier Company in 1875. Four years later the company was permitted to build a dock and changed its name to the Felixstowe Dock and Railway Company. The dock opened to shipping in April 1886.