NETWORK RAIL is preparing to lay track for the 1.4km loop it is building to boost capacity on the Felixstowe branch.
The loop between Trimley and Grimston Lane foot crossing will support up to 10 additional freight trains per day to and from the port of Felixstowe. Some 2,300 sleepers have been installed, along with ballast ready for the installation of track. In August NR received permission to build a new bridleway on the site of Gun Lane level crossing, enabling six pedestrian crossings to be permanently closed. Four level crossings, at Morston Hall, Thorpe Lane, Levington and Westerield station, will be upgraded to obstacle detection (OD) technology.