£60.4m rail improvement project at Port of Felixstowe receives go-ahead


The latest enhancements to the Port of Felixstowe’s rail connections have been given the green light by the Secretary of State for Transport.

The £60.4m scheme, jointly funded by Network Rail and Hutchison Ports, will allow up to 47 freight trains to run per day in each direction between Ipswich and Felixstowe.

Commenting on the scheme, Clemence Cheng, Executive Director Hutchison Ports and CEO of the Port of Felixstowe, said: “Rail is an increasingly important differentiator as shipping lines and cargo owners look to remove carbon from their supply chains. The Port of Felixstowe already has the widest choice of rail services in the UK with 33 daily services to 17 different inland destinations.

John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight, added: “GB Railfreight see this as a huge milestone in the development of a fit for purpose UK intermodal rail freight network. The Felixstowe Branch Line is part of a key strategic freight route through to the Midlands and Northwest. This new capacity connecting the Port of Felixstowe will result in increased modal shift and radically reduce the impact of road vehicles on our environment and public health.”

Network Rail is delivering the project which will enable more goods to be transported by rail, as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan.

Source: Hutchison Ports