�50m rail upgrade gets the go ahead

NETWORK Rail today confirmed that a �50million-plus upgrade of the cross-country line from Felixstowe to Nuneaton will go ahead after the appointment of an engineering team to do the work.

NETWORK Rail today confirmed that a �50million-plus upgrade of the cross-country line from Felixstowe to Nuneaton will go ahead after the appointment of an engineering team to do the work.

The company will spend �35 million on building a new one-kilometre section of track in Ipswich linking the East Suffolk Line to the main line, allowing freight trains to go from Felixstowe to the midlands without having to reverse at Ipswich.

A further �18 million will be spend on track improvements at Ely and Peterborough to increase the capacity on the line.

Network Rail estimates that the move will take 2,000 lorries a day - 750,000 a year - off the A14 by 2030, easing the congestion on the region's roads.