Green light given to rail freight initiative

Published on Thursday, 25 November 2010 15:48
Posted by Scott Buckler

A project that will see a rail freight line between Felixstowe and Nuneaton upgraded has won government approvalThe Department for Transport has given its backing to the scheme, which is intended to provide trains with a direct link to the north of England rather than requiring cargo to go via London.

 

Work on the track will commence in 2012 and is scheduled to reach completion in 2014, removing an estimated 750,000 heavy goods vehicles from UK roads over the next two decades.

A 118 per cent rise has been recorded in container volumes through the Port of Felixstowe between 1999 and 2008, with even sharper expansion in rail traffic over the ten-year period.

Under the Anglian railway scheme, the line to Nuneaton from Felixstowe via Ipswich, Ely and Peterborough will be upgraded.

"More and more companies are switching to rail and reaping the economic and environmental benefits," Network Rail route director for Anglia Andrew Munden noted.

The Port of Felixstowe is the largest in the UK and a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings Group.

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