A LOGISTICS firm has extended the rail terminal at its Selby site in a bid to accommodate longer freight trains.

Potter Logistics is now able to welcome 775m freight trains from UK ports after increasing the size of its on site head shunt, which allows the trains to turnaround, from 468m.

During the construction phase of the project, significant quantities of recycled products were used in both for the civil and rail track elements of the project.

The project was spearheaded by Potter Logistics’ executive chairman Derrick Potter alongside members of the Selby team, and was completed on time.

Matthew Lamb, Potter Logistics’ managing director said: “"With the improvements in port capabilities, rail infrastructure and upgrades to key road links, a traditional road solution is no longer viable due to the environmental impact this brings.

"Upgrading our rail terminal to accommodate the longer trains allows us to reduce this impact and provide our customers with an economic solution."

As a result of the work GB Railfreight (GBRf), will extend its daily train from Felixstowe to Selby later in 2014.

John Smith, managing director for GB Railfreight, said: "“We are delighted with the investment undertaken by Potter Logistics to extend its head shunt at Selby rail terminal and want to thank them for their commitment and hard work.

"I have reiterated time and time again GBRf’s intentions to expand services out of the Port of Felixstowe, and this infrastructural development allows the company to be true to its word."