Felixstowe Rail Scheme Approved

by Oct 17, 2017Industry News

A new £60m scheme to improve rail links from the Port of Felixstowe has been given the green light by UK Transport Minister – Chris Grayling.

The multi-million pound scheme will dual part of the Felixstowe-Ipswich branch line to increase its rail freight cargo capacity by nearly 30% and should be completed by the end of 2019.

The loop, just under a mile in length, will allow two freight trains to pass each other. This will enable the number of trains running from Britain’s busiest container terminal to rise from 33 to 45 per day, and is expected to take nearly 22,000 trucks off the A14 road every year.

The Transport Minister was a visitor at Zenith Logistics Chepstow facility earlier in the year when he came to discuss the announcement to half the toll prices on the Severn crossings. Along with other dignitaries he met with our Logistics Director Peter Keates and his staff to discuss the impact on the local logistics sector.

Peter welcomed the Felixstowe news, commenting “This is very good news for the industry, and will enable importers and exporters to improve their carbon footprint. Our company have invested heavily in port centric logistics operations and are in the process of building a Super DC on land  at Felixstowe, so this news will only enhance our capabilities.”

Zenith offer intelligent supply chain solutions from 16 locations across the UK, operating a technologically advanced group transport fleet of over 500 vehicles.

For further information on the news, or to discuss how Zenith’s integrated logistics solutions can help leverage your supply chain, please call 08453 701804 or email info@zenithgrp.co.uk.

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