Felixstowe rail upgrade on track

Network Rail says it is “a matter of months” from completing the Felixstowe capacity enhancement scheme. Engineers have installed 2,300 sleepers along with ballast, the stones that form the track bed, ready for the start of the installation of 1.4km track in the coming months. The work will allow up to 10 additional freight trains in each direction to and from the Port of Felixstowe. [+]

Immingham rail route to go high-cube

Work is underway to upgrade the rail route between Doncaster and Immingham for high-cube containers. National track operator Network Rail is partnering with the Humber LEP and North Lincolnshire Council to invest more than £15m to enlarge the route, which can currently only accept high-cube boxes on low-platform wagons. The project ... [+]

Horse bridge for Felixstowe line

Network Rail has made a small but crucial breakthrough in its plan to increase capacity on the Felixstowe branch line – it has secured permission to build a new bridleway bridge across the line. As part of a £60.4m investment, Network Rail has already begun work to upgrade the branch line, building ... [+]

Rail route to Felixstowe set for upgrade

Network Rail has unveiled plans to increase capacity on the branch line between Ipswich and the port of Felixstowe. The £58million project will allow the number of trains serving the UK’s busiest container port to increase from 33 to 45 a day late 2019. Work on the project, which will include ... [+]

Think freight, FTA tells rail review

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) warned on 26 November that any review of the railway industry in Britain and infrastructure projects must take freight needs into account. It was responding to the publication of the Bowe Review into the planning of Network Rail’s Enhancements Programme, which has frequently ended up ... [+]

Network Rail joins pan-European group

Britain's Network Rail is to join the management board of the Rail Freight Corridor North Sea – Mediterranean European Economic Interest Grouping. Current RFC North Sea - Med members include Eurotunnel the rail network bodies of the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Luxembourg. The aim is to make planning of freight ... [+]

Rail wires on hold

The rail industry was disappointed by the Secretary of State’s for Transport announcement on 25 June that some cherished projects, including the electrification of the Midland Main Line and Transpennine routes are to be “paused”. While electrification per se will have little impact on freight movements – most of which would ... [+]

Rail operators agree landmark deal

  Three of the UK's leading railfreight operators have agreed a deal to transfer ownership of many key sites to Network Rail – which will make them more readily available to the growing number of rail freight operators and end users, says the infrastructure operator. DB Schenker, Freightliner and GB Railfreight ... [+]

Network Rail appoints freight director

Network Rail, Britain's railway infrastructure operator, has appointed Paul McMahon as director of freight. He has spent more than eight years at the Office of Rail Regulation, where he was deputy director, railway markets & economics. The previous freight director was Tim Robinson, who has become Sussex route managing director. [+]

EU to fund UK rail improvements

The UK has secured European Union funding from the TEN-T Agency for three freight-related projects. The UK railway infrastructure company said that three projects to improve vital freight and passenger links on the railway network are to receive €14m (£11m) from the European Commission - €5m (£4m) towards electrifation between Liverpool ... [+]

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