Network Rail receives go-ahead to construct a new bridleway bridge across Felixstowe branch line to increase rail freight capacity to and from Felixstowe. New Bridleway Bridge Over Felixstowe Branch Line at Trimley Soon. For this project, Network Rail has invested £60.4m.
New Bridleway Bridge Over Felixstowe Branch Line at Trimley Soon. Network Rail Anglia route managing director Meliha Duymaz said that this is a significant milestone in increasing freight services and improving reliability for passengers as part of their Railway Upgrade Plan.
As part of the project, Network Rail will upgrade branch line, building the space required for 1.4km of extra track to be installed between Trimley and the level crossing at Gun Lane.
The new bridge, which will be built on the site of the current Gun Lane level crossing, will provide an alternative safe route across the railway for passersby, horse riders and cyclists to access the countryside.
This will enable Network Rail to close six pedestrian level crossings in the area permanently, including Gun Lane, to improve public safety.
Once the upgrade is complete, it will allow up to 10 additional trains in each direction to carry goods to and from the Port of Felixstowe.
The scope of the work also includes upgrades to four road level crossings between Trimley and Westerfield. This will maintain public safety while allowing more trains to run on the line.
The project is expected to reduce congestion and pollution for the local community and also enhancing a safer connection to the countryside while allowing rail freight to carry more goods. As each additional freight train takes the equivalent of up to 76 lorries off the roads. Read more