Network Rail has announced a new £60.4million scheme which will increase freight services and also passenger services between Ipswich and Felixstowe.
The new scheme has been approved by the Secretary of State for Transport and also the Port of Felixstowe.
The project includes a second track being built between Trimley and Grimston Lane (foot crossing) on the Felixstowe Branch Line.
This allows up to 47 freight trains to run a day, carrying the equivalent 60 lorry loads.
Meliha Duymaz, who is Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “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.”
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