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The cross-country rail route from Felixstowe to Nuneaton via Peterborough is being upgraded to run more freight trains and carry the larger containers now used by shipping companies
Improving the railway from Felixstowe to Nuneaton involves:
Our plans for the capacity enhancement at Ipswich - known as the Ipswich Chord - were approved by the Secretary of State for Transport on 5 September 2012 (read about the public consultations). This investment, along with the enhancement at Ely, will help increase capacity between Ipswich and Peterborough from 10 container freight trains per day (TPD) to up to 24 TPD each direction, and provide capability for longer trains to run in future.
Environmentally friendly This work will mean many of the increasing numbers of freight containers coming into Britain’s ports can be transported by rail – one of the most environmentally friendly methods of transportation. The alternative would be to take the containers by road, adding to traffic congestion. Taking freight by rail rather than by road reduces CO2 emissions by 76%, helping the UK to improve its carbon footprint.
Keeping traffic off the roads This growth in rail freight on the route will reduce the number of lorry journeys that will be needed if the rail improvements do not go ahead by up to 750,000 a year by 2030.
This will significantly reduce pressure on congested roads such as the A14. It is estimated congestion on the A14 alone costs the region £80m each year.
A more reliable service Today, Anglia's freight trains have to travel down the busy Great Eastern main line, through London and up the West Coast main line to reach the Midlands, North West and Scotland. These infrastructure improvements will provide more direct journeys for freight trains travelling from the Port of Felixstowe to the Midlands, North West and Scotland, and the potential for faster journeys to Yorkshire.
This increased freight capacity will also help generate further growth of port-related businesses and support services.