Welcome for Felixstowe rail capacity boost

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Plans to increase rail freight capacity from Felixstowe have been welcomed by the Campaign for Better Transport, the rail lobbying group.

The enhancements to the branch line, set out by Network Rail as part of the Strategic Rail Freight Network funded schemes, which will be completed by 2019, will allow another 12 trains in and out of the port each day; this represents a 30 per cent increase on the existing 33 daily rail freight services.

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager, 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.”

“These additional rail services will remove another 840 large HGVs each day off the route.”

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