As part of our plan to support the growth of the British economy, we’re improving 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.
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). These powers have now been formally transferred to Network Rail by the Secretary of State for Transport and the Port of Felixstowe (September 2017).
Building the additional track will help increase the capacity of the Felixstowe branch line and take lorries off the road. It will also mean more reliable journeys for passengers traveling between Ipswich and Felixstowe.
The Network Rail (Felixstowe Branch Line Improvements - Level Crossings Closure) Order
In addition to the powers to build the track we have also applied for the powers to make changes to six level crossings in the Trimley area.
This includes the construction of a 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.
The Network Rail (Felixstowe Branch Line Improvements - Level Crossings Closure) Order has been submitted to the Secretary of State for consideration.
There will be a public inquiry in January 2018.