NEW life has been given to train tracks in Ellesmere Port.
Peel Ports Mersey and Quality Freight Group have combined to reopen the railhead in Ellesmere Port – 20 years after it closed.
The first train to use the new facility brought a load of sand from Sibelco of King’s Lynn destined for Quinn Glass in Elton. It will become a twice-weekly service, running every Wednesday and Friday.
The reopening is the result of substantial investment by the two companies in a receiving area and rail sidings – and Quality Freight has created two jobs in Ellesmere Port.
Manchester Ship Canal general manager Dean Hammond said: “The rail head creates a truly multi-modal facility at Ellesmere Port. Our strategy is to promote choice for our customers, and hence it is vital the necessary infrastructure is available to effect modal shift where required.
“The green agenda and increasing fuel costs have made rail attractive, removing congestion from the roads, with the Sibelco load now only having to travel the final five miles to its final destination by road.”
Quality Freight Group managing director Sebastian Gardiner said: “This is a historic development for Ellesmere Port and one which we know from the trials we have conducted is going to benefit customers enormously over the coming months and years.
“It is also the latest development of our growing relationship with Peel Ports Mersey at Ellesmere Port, and we anticipate a significant increase in new rail volume during 2011 to further enhance the local rail freight network established by Peel to carry coal.”