- A 269km broad gauge rail built by PRCL to connect to
Surendranagar which connects to the national grid
- Geared to connect to the proposed Dedicated Freight Corridor
- Regular train services to all North and West India ICD's
- Steadily increasing train frequency, can handle 22 trains per day
- Competitive rail freights, fast transit times
- Double stack and dedicated reefer trains with genset
Port Pipavav is connected to its hinterland via Surendranagar by the broad gauge Indian Railways rail network. The rail connectivity project was undertaken by Pipavav Rail Corporation Limited (PRCL), promoted by Port Pipavav and the Ministry of Railways. Port Pipavav has an equity stake of 38.8% in PRCL. The port can handle incoming and outgoing trains simultaneously, with several railway sidings to support loading and off loading.
Port Pipavav was the first port in India to receive double stacked container trains in March 2006. These trains run between ICD Kanakpura (Jaipur) and the port. Double stacked trains have the capacity to carry 180TEUs compared to 90TEUs in a single stack train.
The station code for the Gujarat Pipavav Port Rail Siding is PPSP - 08424130, and it falls under the Bhavnagar Division.
Port Pipavav receives container trains from all the major ICDs in northwest India. In November 2003, the port received its first train from ICD Tughlakabad. From February 2004 regular train services were established between the port and the various ICDs in northwest India.
Rail connectivity and frequency have continuously grown making Pipavav one of the best connected ports in the state.
APM Terminals Pipavav has developed an 11 km, a four-lane expressway which connects the port to National Highway 8E. The highway was previously known as Coastal Highway 6, and was upgraded significantly after its conversion to NH 8E. In addition, the Ahmedabad-Dholera central spine road will be extended up to Port Pipavav. It will be a 10-lane road and the extension will provide alternate port connectivity to the Special Investment Region. This project has been fast-tracked, and the government has allocated 26,000 hectares of the required 36,000 hectares.
- North Gujarat
Feeder connectivity is provided by three independent operators - the Shipping Corporation of India, Jindal Waterways and Shreyas Shipping. Port Pipavav has six rail sidings of about 900m each, with dedicated rail sidings for bulk, break bulk and container cargo. The port is well-connected to Cochin, Tuticorin, Goa, Mangalore, Kandla and Mundra, and is focused on bringing in volumes from all cargo generating areas on the West Coast. For West Indian ports, the back haul for coastal cargo is the head haul for international cargo.