Felixstowe rail freight upgrade welcomed
SDW are pleased to hear that Network Rail recently announced that the upgrades to the branch line between Felixstowe and Ipswich are on schedule to be completed by December 2019, part of the Strategic Rail Freight Network funded projects during what it calls Control Period 5.
The enhancements to the branch line, will allow another 12 trains in and out of the port each day, a 30% increase on the existing 33 daily rail freight services.
Philippa Edmunds, manager of the lobby group Freight on Rail, said: “These additional rail freight services can be filled almost immediately as shippers have been demanding additional rail services on the parallel rail route to the A14 corridor for years. Increasing long-distance consumer rail freight will reduce road congestion, road crashes, and pollution as well as making road freight more reliable.”
Steve Wyeth of SDW commented “Rail freight has become such a vital mode of transport now, with the advantages of course being the number of lorries it takes off the road, lowering emissions & of course in many cases being more economical financially. Also, many large retail & corporate brands wish to be seen lowering their carbon foot print, so freight by rail I am sure will just continue to grow at a fast pace.”