Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

UK rail works reducing congestion to receive EU support

Creation date: April 20, 2011

Works to improve rail traffic on the section Bury St Edmunds-Kennett and in the Nuneaton North Chord will receive €4.99 million in EU support under the 2010 TEN-T Annual Call. The project involves installing new signals to reduce the time necessary to travel the Bury St Edmunds-Kennett section as well as constructing a new, 1.4 km section of track in Nuneaton to relieve rail congestion in the area. Completion of the project will contribute to Priority Project 26, the “Railway/road axis Ireland/United Kingdom/continental Europe”.


The project “Nuneaton North Chord and Kennett Re-signalling Works”, consists of two separate actions which will ultimately have beneficial effects to the entire rail network.

The first of such actions will involve installing new signals between Bury St Edmunds and Kennett, thus reducing travelling times along the said section.


The second action involves the Nuneaton North Chord, where a 1.4 km stretch of new railway will be constructed. This will provide a grade separated connection between Priority Project 26 (Railway/road axis Ireland/United Kingdom/continental Europe) and Priority Project 14 (the West Coast Main Line), which will avoid the risk of Nuneaton becoming a bottleneck location for either Priority Projects.


Combination of these two activities will improve the capacity of intermodal services along Priority Project 26. These works will enable forecasted levels of rail freight growth from the port of Felixstowe to be accommodated without the need for additional traffic to be routed on the already heavily congested London routes.


Enhancing the capacity and resilience of Priority Project 26 by providing a diversity of routing options for rail freight will deliver greater network flexibility, enabling the rail network to meet the requirements of the intermodal freight industry.


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