Freight line wins funding

Plans to increase rail freight transport between Felixstowe and the West Midlands have received a boost after the EU announced a £8 million funding package.

The money, allocated under the European economic recovery programme, will be used on phase one upgrade works and includes gauge and signalling work.

The project, part of the government's strategic rail freight network strategy to upgrade crucial parts of the network, is scheduled for completion by 2016 subject to funding for phase two.

The rail line forms part of the trans-European Transport networks, designated as key strategic freight routes through the EU.


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