Drop-in session to find out more about work to remove major rail bottleneck near Ipswich: Rail freight produces 76% less CO2 than road haulage per tonne of goods carried

Thursday 21 Feb 2013

Drop-in session to find out more about work to remove major rail bottleneck near Ipswich

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Residents will be able to find out about work to build a new stretch of track that will help to take more freight off the roads and onto rail.

Network Rail is building a new 1km stretch of track, or ‘chord’, north of Ipswich goods yard linking the East Suffolk line and Great Eastern main line on part of the site of the former Harris meat factory.

The chord will remove the need for freight trains travelling to and from the Port of Felixstowe to use the sidings adjacent to Ipswich station as a turning point, eliminating a major bottleneck on the busy Great Eastern main line and freeing up capacity for both passenger and freight services.

The drop-in session will take place on Thursday 28 February at Ipswich Town Hall Galleries, Cornhill, Ipswich, IP1 1DH , from 4pm to 8pm.

Richard Schofield, route managing director at Network Rail, said: “The work we are doing at Ipswich, together with the other enhancements along the cross-country route between Felixstowe and Nuneaton, is a key part of our plans to take more freight off roads and onto rail.

“This project will help to take up to 750,000 lorry journeys off the road every year by 2030, reducing traffic congestion and carbon emissions as well as improving road safety.”

Preparatory work has already started with some track and piling work to be carried out in February and March this year. From March 2013 to April 2014, work will be carried out to three bridges. This includes installing a brand new bridge next to the existing rail bridge which goes over Sproughton Road, building a new bridge over the river Gipping as part of the new chord, and reconstructing the existing railway bridge on the East Suffolk line travelling over the river Gipping. The project is set to be completed in April 2014.

The chord forms an important part of Network Rail’s strategic freight network, a programme of investment to improve freight capacity across Britain’s railway.

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