Upgrade to key strategic rail freight route which will cater for pent-up demand, welcomed by campaigners
Campaign for Better Transport welcomes increased capacity for freight trains from Felixstowe which will cater for the immediate, suppressed demand for rail freight services.
The enhancements to the branch line, announced by Network Rail as part of the Strategic Rail Freight Network funded schemes, which will be completed by 2019, will allow another 12 trains in and out of the port each day; this represents a 30 per cent increase on the existing 33 daily rail freight services.
Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager, said: “These additional rail freight services can be filled almost immediately as shippers have been demanding additional rail services on the parallel rail route to the A14 corridor for years. Increasing long-distance consumer rail freight will reduce road congestion, road crashes  and pollution as well as making road freight more reliable.
She added: “Research carried out earlier this year for Freight on Rail, sponsored by the Department for Transport (DfT), showed that the A14 corridor from Felixstowe had up to 6,500 of the largest HGVs, (5 & 6 axle articulated lorries) on the corridor each day which represented between 10 and 17 per cent of all traffic [2 ]. These additional rail services will remove another 840 large HGVs each day off the route which is the equivalent of around 3360 average cars. 
“We urge the Government to prioritize further work on this key corridor, as part of its industrial and emissions strategies, to improve productivity and reduce air and CO2 emissions.”