Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Railway Enthusiast

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Railway Enthusiast

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AT a time when the media regularly reports that UK ports are struggling with rail and infrastructure capacity, the Port of Tyne presents a model of best practice on how to get things done by working together, according to Matthew Hunt, commercial manager for the Port of Tyne.

The port has established excellent working relationships with a number of key players, including Network Rail, the train operators and customers. Good communication and strong links with Network Rail have led to the two organisations understanding each others' requirements and developing future strategies to deliver benefits for both parties, including increased daily rail slots and rail infrastructure improvements.

Matthew explains: "With over two million tonnes of coal expected to be handled by the port in 2007, it is critical that we work in partnership with the rail operators to provide a high-quality service to deliver coal to the power generators."

The port has welcomed GB Railfreight to the Tyne Dock estate, which is now the base for GB's North East operations and service to Drax Power. …

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