£60.4m rail upgrade for Port of Felixstowe
The latest enhancements to Hutchison Ports Port of Felixstowe’s rail connections have been given the green light by the Secretary of State for Transport.
The £60.4 million scheme, jointly funded by Network Rail and Hutchison Ports, will allow up to 47 freight trains to run per day in each direction between Ipswich and Felixstowe.
Clemence Cheng, executive director Hutchison Ports and CEO of the Port of Felixstowe, said: “Rail is an increasingly important differentiator as shipping lines and cargo owners look to remove carbon from their supply chains.
“The Port of Felixstowe already has the widest choice of rail services in the UK with 33 daily services to 17 different inland destinations. This scheme complements the investment we have made in rail capacity at the port and will allow us to offer an even greater range of sustainable distribution option to our customers.
“Over 100 million HGV miles per year are already saved by using rail freight from Felixstowe and we look forward to that figure increasing significantly in future.”
Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, added: “We’re improving the Felixstowe branch line to provide a step change for rail freight in Suffolk and beyond as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.
“We’re supporting the growth of the UK economy by enabling more goods to be transported on the railway and reducing the number of lorries on the road.
“The work will also create a safer and more reliable railway for passengers travelling between Ipswich and Felixstowe.”
In the coming months, engineers will start clearing vegetation in preparation for building the second track.