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Timetables and travel
Our Railway's Future
Railway upgrade projects
High speed rail
Access for All
Reducing track noise
Stations improvement programme
York operating centre
Global System for Mobile Communications-Railway
Upgrading stations in South Wales
East West Rail
Western Rail Link to Heathrow
Southampton to Nuneaton freight upgrade
Modernising the South Wales railway
North West electrification
Edinburgh Waverley station
Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace
Stafford - Crewe
Wessex Capacity Improvment Programme
Birmingham New Street station
Gogar rail interchange
London Overground lines
Manchester Victoria station
North Lincolnshire resignalling
Ely - Soham
Great Northern Great Eastern
King's Cross station
Tinsley Chord Tram Train
West Coast Main Line
East Coast Main Line
Lincoln level crossings
Midland Main Line
Nuneaton north chord
Redditch branch line
Manchester to Preston electrification
We’ve upgraded the route from Felixstowe to Nuneaton to move more freight off the roads and onto the railway
We carried out gauge enhancement work between Peterborough and Nuneaton to enable the route to carry the larger, 9’ 6” containers preferred by the international shipping industry. We completed this work in 2011.
To increase freight capacity between Ipswich and Peterborough we have:
Freight trains taking large containers from Felistowe to the Midlands, North West and Scotland no longer have to go down the busy Great Eastern main line, through London and then up the West Coast main line to reach these destinations. They now have a much more direct and faster journey, with minimum impact on passenger services.
This improved journey, along with increased capacity, will help to generate growth in the region’s shipping-related businesses and support services.
The improvements have more than doubled the number of container freight trains using the route each day and also enabled longer trains to use it.
More of the growing number of freight containers coming to the port of Felixstowe can now be transported by rail instead of road. This reduces CO2 emissions by 76%.
By stimulating growth in rail freight, the improvements could mean 750,000 fewer lorry journeys a year by 2030. This will significantly reduce pressure on congested roads such as the A14 from Felixstowe to Rugby, where congestion costs the region £80m each year.