The Anonymous Widower

Boxing Clever

Boxing Clever is the title of two articles in September’s edition of Modern Railways magazine.  They detail the works being done to upgrade the major freight lines of Felixstowe to Nuneaton and Southampton to Birmingham, so that they can take the larger 9 ft 6 in high containers (boxes) from the ports to and from industrial centres.  In times of austerity and climate change, it is interesting to see how these projects which will cut out hundreds of thousands of lorry journeys are being carried out and managed using some very innovative solutions.  So much so,m that it appears that the  second project might be £10m under its £70.7m budget.

It is an example of very good project management and shows how by spending money wisely to remove freight bottle-necks is to the good of us all. You could argue for instance that Felixstowe to Nuneaton enhancement might be the equivalent of adding extra capacity to the A14, which is a road, that really can’t be widened too easily, as the Orwell bridge was only built for two lanes each way.

I particularly liked the way that the 1847 Southampton Tunnel  was made larger. Rather than use the traditional approach and closing the tunnel for two to three months, as they did when they upgraded Ipswich Tunnel, they did it a track at a time closing for only three weekends and over Christmas 2009, saving a year on the project.

It is my belief that we can save a lot of money on infrastructure projects, like roads, railways, hospitals ands schools by thinking things through with a great deal more innovation, enterprise and by borrowing good and proven ideas and methods from other countries and industries.

August 29, 2010 - Posted by | Business, Finance, Transport | , , , , , ,


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  2. […] are going by rail to and from the Midlands and the North. After all the latteris what the work in Boxing Clever is all about.  When I returned, between Bury St. Edmunds and Newmarket, we only saw three in […]

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