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Bristol handles trains

Bristol Port in the UK received the first of 98 new train carriages from Spain last month.

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Bristol handles trains

The unusual cargo was transported on the UECC vessel Autosun, which was handled at the ports Royal Portbury Dock on 25th June. Once discharged the carriages were transported by lorry to Merseyside for finishing work and entering testing on the UK rail network.


The Port’s multimodal capabilities played a key role in Northern selecting Royal Portbury Dock to bring in their new fleet. Tony Dent, Director of Automotive Trade at The Bristol Port Company said “We are very pleased to play our part in the logistics chain to facilitate the import of Northern trains into the UK. Our shipping links and accessibility to the inland transportation network put us in the ideal location for this project and we wish Northern every success with their new fleet.”


A total of 98 carriages are being built by Spanish firm Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) and are due to enter the Port very soon. In total the trains are worth £500m, and will go into service on with Northern Rail.

The trains arrived on roll trailers
The trains arrived on roll trailers
Unloading using Terberg ro ro tractors
Unloading using Terberg ro ro tractors
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