£60m work to increase Felixstowe line capacity

THE Department for Transport has given the green light to a £60.4million programme of improvements to increase capacity on the Felixstowe branch in Suffolk.

The project will see a second track installed between Trimley and Grimston Lane foot crossing, allowing an extra 14 freight trains to run each day.

Intermodal traffic to Felixstowe is set to increase after the Government gave permission to double a section of the largely single-track branch. NETWORK RAIL

This will take the maximum capacity up to 47 freight trains in each direction every day (up from 28 each way in 2014), and allow greater use to be made of the £59m Bacon Factory Curve in Ipswich.

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Work will start shortly to clear vegetation from the lineside in preparation for building the second track.

Funding has come through the Strategic Freight Network, with a contribution from Hutchison Ports UK, which owns the Felixstowe terminal.

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