Potter Logistics to accept 775m freight trains


An opening ceremony took place on July 24 to mark the conclusion of the opening of the extension to the rail head project at Potter Logistics' Selby rail terminal

Potter Logistics has extended its head shunt from 468m to 775m allowing its Selby rail terminal to accommodate the longest trains that are now transporting freight from UK ports.

During the construction phase of the project, significant quantities of recycled products were successfully employed in 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 the Selby team. The project was completed on time and in full with a minimum of disruption to the 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.”

GBRf, on behalf of MSC will extend its daily train from Felixstowe to Selby later in 2014.

MSC’s Operations Manager Paul Garnham continues:

“MSC is proud to be running some of the best utilised intermodal trains on the network. 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.”

Press Release: Immediate Release Selby rail line extension allows GB Railfreight to run longer intermodal freight trains on the network GB Railfreight attended the opening ceremony of the rail head extension project at Potter Logistics’ Selby rail terminal on Thursday, July 24th. This was a significant moment for both companies, as it means the site can now accommodate longer intermodal freight trains on the network from the Port of Felixstowe into the terminal.

Construction on the project has involved the extension of the terminal’s head shunt from 468m to 775m. Large quantities of recycled products were employed on both the civil and rail track elements.

As a result, GB Railfreight will now be able to operate 32-platform trains (610 metres) on MSC contracted services from the Port of Felixstowe later this year. These will be a combination of both Ecofret and FEA wagons, responding to its customer’s demand for more 40ft container services.

GB Railfreight maintains that, in order for the rail freight industry to take advantage of the growth potential that exists in the intermodal market, there needs to be the right port and inland infrastructure to accommodate development. Improvements at Potter Logistics Selby terminal are a prime example of the private investment needed to promote such infrastructure.

John Smith, Managing Director for GB Railfreight, said:

“We are delighted with the investment undertaken by Potter Logistics to extend its head shunt at Selby rail terminal and want to thank them for their commitment and hard work.

“I have reiterated time and time again GBRf’s intentions to expand services out of the Port of Felixstowe, and this infrastructural development allows the company to be true to its word. The intermodal freight market has the potential to grow, but in addition to work undertaken by companies such as Potter Logistics, we need the Government to further incentivise strategic investment from the rest of the private sector in both inland and port infrastructure.

“Once we start using our new Ecofret wagons in late 2014, we will be operating the longest intermodal freight trains on the network, indicative of the innovation and drive for productivity that lies at the heart not just of the MSC service, but every service we offer. We hope similar infrastructural developments across the country allow us to continue to grow into 2015.”

GB Railfreight is one of the UK's leading rail freight companies. It operates around 650 trains a week in the UK and is the main transporter of coal on the rail network and the only rail freight company with regular contracts to move biomass.

Founded by Derrick Potter in 1965, Potter Logistics is a family run business employing around 300 staff. The company provides specialist logistics solutions focusing on the chemical, agricultural, pharmaceutical and food industries. Potter Logistics operates six distribution centres located in Droitwich, Ely, Knowsley, Ripon, Selby and York