The report below (2010) is just another indication of forward thinking in promoting the rail track freighting
Stage 1 Report - May 2010 (279 Pages)
Access to the Port of Liverpool 4NW:
A particularly important opportunity for developing use of available rail freight capacity from the Port will be ensuring the connection of the Post-Panamax berths to the rail network, thus maximising opportunities for sustainable distribution from the new berths. Once the Post-Panamax berths are developed and Liverpool secures calls from Post Panamax vessels that only make a single call in Great Britain, there is the potential (particularly considering escalating road haulage costs and the relatively low variable costs associated with rail freight) for 22% of containers being distributed inland by rail in 2020 and 24% by 2030. This would equate to approximately ten trains in each direction per day. The local infrastructure exists in the rail network to deliver this level of mode shift, although it would be dependent good rail connectivity to the Post-Panamax berths, and on the long-term development of a network of rail freight distribution parks throughout England and Scotland (supported by currently national government policy) to provide rail-connected origins and destinations for freight. In addition, a further opportunity for promotion of increased rail traffic from the Port is the re-connection of the Canada Dock Area to the rail network.
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