Felixstowe branch line

As part of our plan to support the growth of the British economy, we’re improving to the railway so more goods can be transported by freight train.

To help the growth of Felixstowe Port, we need to make improvements to the Felixstowe branch line to enable more trains to run.

The Felixstowe branch line serves the Port of Felixstowe, which is the largest container port in the UK. We’re planning to build an additional track and make changes to six level crossings in the Trimley area.

More information about rail freight

Why rail is vital to economic growth

Authorisation to construct the additional track was secured by the Felixstowe Dock and Railway Company in 2008 (by way of the Felixstowe Branch Line and Ipswich Yard Improvement Order 2008 and the Felixstowe Branch Line (Land Acquisition) Order 2014).

Network Rail has submitted a separate Transport and Works Act Order application to enable the relevant powers to be transferred to Network Rail. This application was submitted on 28 September 2016 and is currently being considered by the Secretary of State.

Building the additional track will help increase the capacity of the Felixstowe branch line and take lorries off the road.

Anglia felixstowe branchline Proposed changes to level crossings

The Network Rail (Felixstowe Branch Line Improvements - Level Crossings Closure) Order

Proposed changes to the level crossings in the Trimley area

The bridleway bridge is proposed at the existing Gun Lane level crossing. We have designed the bridge with consideration to the environment including local ecology and impact on bats and birds, as well as landscape and visual amenity.

The design has been developed to:

  • reduce the amount of land required
  • reduce the ecological impact
  • reduce visual impact
  • reduce the time taken to construct
  • make the bridge suitable and safe for users.

View documents related to the Network Rail (Felixstowe Branch Line Improvements - Level Crossings Closure) Order below:

Any objections or other representations about the proposals in the application should be sent to the Secretary of State for Transport at the following address and should reference ‘Network Rail (Felixstowe Branch Line Improvements- Level Crossings Closure) Order’:

Transport and Works Act Orders Unit, General Counsel's Office, Department for Transport, Zone 1/18, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 4DR

You can also contact them by email: transportandworksact@dft.gsi.gov.uk

An objection or representation must:

  • be received by the Secretary of State on or before 19 April 2017
  • be made in writing (whether sent by post or email)
  • state the grounds of the objection or other representation
  • indicate who is making the objection or representation
  • give a postal address to which correspondence relating to the objection or representation may be sent.

For more general enquiries please contact: felixstowebranchlineproject@networkrail.co.uk.