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Felixstowe port gets EU funding for new rail terminal
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Improvement works for a new rail terminal at the port of Felixstowe will get GBP 4.4 million (Euro 5 million) of EU funding under the 2010 TEN-T annual call. The overall project aims to increase the port’s capacity to handle containers and contribute towards shifting freight from road to rail.

The new terminal will have the capacity to handle around 1.1 million containers per year. It will increase the port's train service capacity and will promote transport interoperability by improving the port capacity to move container traffic from ship to rail. The new facility will also help reduce the traffic of heavy goods vehicles on the A14 and to reduce heavy goods vehicles' miles and harmful emissions in general.

The project will also contribute to the objectives of major EU projects such as Priority Project 26 (Railway/road axis Ireland/United Kingdom/continental Europe) and Priority Project 14 (Road axis United Kingdom/Ireland/Benelux).

The total cost of the project is GBP 32 million (Euro 37 million) and it will run until 2012.

    Felixstowe port gets EU funding for new rail terminal

    Background:

    More information on the port of Felixstowe project

    More about other UK projects funded under the TEN-T programme

    The TEN-T programme consists of hundreds of projects – defined as studies or works – whose ultimate purpose is to ensure the cohesion, interconnection and interoperability of the trans-European transport network, as well as access to it. TEN-T projects, which are located in every EU Member State, include all modes of transport. 30 Priority Projects (or Axes) and other horizontal priorities have also been established to concentrate on pan-European integration and development.

    As a whole, TEN-T projects aim to:

    • Establish and develop the key links and interconnections needed to eliminate existing bottlenecks to mobility
    • Fill in missing sections and complete the main routes - especially their cross-border sections
    • Cross natural barriers
    • Improve interoperability on major routes

     

    For more information, please contact the London press office on 020 7973 1971.
    Please note: all amounts expressed in sterling are for information purposes only.

    Last update: 18/05/2011  |Top