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Felixstowe Capacity Enhancements

Project Description:


The work consisted of upgrading the Felixstowe branch line and building the space needed for 1.4km of extra track, built as a loop line, laid between Trimley and the level crossing at Gun Lane.

The branch line forms part of the cross-country route between the port of Felixstowe and freight terminals in the Midlands and the North. 

The existing single-track bi-directional nature of the line constrained and limited the number of freight trains that can operate.

The Felixstowe Capacity Enhancement Project delivers improved capacity for freight operators to Felixstowe Port, whilst improving reliability for passenger services from Ipswich to Felixstowe town.

The work on the branch line, in this area, supports up to 10 additional trains in each direction, per day, to move goods to and from the Port of Felixstowe. 

With each additional freight train taking the equivalent of up to 76 lorries off the roads, the upgrade works help to reduce congestion and pollution for the local community and the wider region.


The work also includes upgrades to four road level crossings between Trimley and Westerfield, which will maintain public safety while allowing more trains to run on the line, and the construction of a new bridleway bridge across the Felixstowe branch line to provide a safe public route across the railway.


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iM2 Role: Principal Designer Advisor

Project Team:



Global Rail Construction Ltd

Van Elle Ltd

Sector: Infrastructure

Start Date: August 2018

Completion: December 2019

Value: (£) 60.4m

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