25.1.2023 | Ports

DP World invests £12m in new rail infrastructure at London Gateway

DP World invests £12m in two new Rail Mounted Gantry (RMG) cranes at London Gateway to meet the fast-growing demand for rail connections. 

The £12m investment in the cranes – used for the quick, safe and automated handling of containers and will be operational in time for the new berth’s opening –will lift rail capacity at London Gateway by 50%.

Andrew Bowen, port operations director at London Gateway, said: “We are delighted to be making a further investment in our rail capability and rail capacity with two new RMG cranes, which will arrive in the same year that we open a new fourth berth. After the disruption of recent years, shipping lines and cargo owners are looking for capacity, reliability and growth opportunities, and DP World will deliver on all three fronts.”

Taking 300,000 trucks off UK roads each year

“This is the latest step forward in our journey to becoming an end-to-end logistics provider. In November, we launched a new intermodal train service connecting our container terminals at London Gateway and Southampton, which will enable customers to switch volumes quickly and easily between the two UK locations.”

“The DP World-operated round service carries cargo, including fresh fruit, beverages and consumer goods, in less than five hours, taking up to 120 lorries a week off the roads. We estimate that the emphasis on rail across both ports takes a total of 300,000 trucks off UK roads each year, and we are committed to playing our part in helping the UK meet its net zero 2050 policy.”

DP World –which operates ports, terminals and logistics businesses on six continents –runs the UK’s most advanced logistics hubs at London Gateway and Southampton: two deep water ports with access to freight rail terminals and a rapidly expanding logistics park on the doorstep of the capital.

DP World moved a record cargo volume between them in the first half of last year, with a combined total of 1.93m TEU.

DP World has now started construction at London Gateway’s new £350 million fourth berth, which will lift capacity by a third when it opens in 2024. The construction project supports 1,000 jobs, and the port-centric logistics park will employ a further 12,000 people when it is completed in four years. The company has also earmarked a further £1 billion investment in the UK over the next 10 years.