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LONDON, Oct 18 (FAM) – The UK government has approved the latest enhancements to the Port of Felixstowe’s rail connections, a move that one freight customer described as a “huge milestone”, that will increase the top UK container port’s intermodal connections with the English Midlands and Northwest by around 50%.
The £60.4 million 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, an increase of around 50% compared with the current capacity. Sources at the port told Lloyd’s Loading List that the current capacity had more or less already been reached and that the upgrade to the Felixstowe-Ipswich branch line would provide enough capacity for growth for some years. Recent increases have been possible only through increasing the lengths of the trains.