The Anonymous Widower

East West Rail Takes New Steps Further East

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on Rail News.

This is the introductory paragraph.

A business case for improving train services between Cambridge, Ipswich and Norwich is to be developed by consultants on behalf of the East West Rail Consortium, as an addition to the plans for reopening the former Varsity Line between Oxford, Bedford and Cambridge.

I have covered this before in East West Rail Makes ‘Powerful Case’ For Direct Services From Ipswich And Norwich To Oxford, where I reference this report on the East-West Rail web site, which is entitled Eastern Section Prospectus and gives full details of their proposals.

I particularly like these smaller projects.

  • An A14 Parkway station.
  • A frequent tram-train between Ipswich and Felixstowe.
  • Some extra electrification
  • Increase of speed limits to 100 mph
  • Haughley Junction improvements.

I suspect the consultants will come up with a few more useful projects.

August 6, 2020 - Posted by | Transport | , , , , ,


  1. The full East West Rail project is probably one of the most useful of the rail revival schemes and really can’t come soon enough for both passengers and freight customers. Once that line is completed throughout, I suspect Oxford station would become the pinchpoint, as it has just two through platforms, necessitating that contemplation of the brevity of life while stopped at the Cemetery Curve signals. The Ipswich-Felixstowe tram train would need to add value compared with existing services, and if that involved more frequent services it might lead to timetabling and service reliability issues, slotting in among all those container trains.

    Comment by Stephen Spark | August 6, 2020 | Reply

  2. I lived as a teenager in Felixstowe and I hope it has improved. I was also conceived in the town!

    The tram-train would I feel start on the forecourt of Ipswich station and go through the Town Centre, up the hill to the Hospital and then connect to the Felixstowe Branch Line.

    This would remove the local trains from between Derby Road and Ipswich station and give a four tram-trains per hour service between Ipswich and Felixstowe via all the important parts of the County town.

    I also feel that the tram-train could go walk about in Felixstowe down to the sea-front and along to the Port and Landguard Fort, where the last invasion of England was repulsed on July 3rd 1664, by the heroic Nathaniel Darrell and the Duke of Albany’s Marines.

    But for them, we’d all be wearing clogs.

    Comment by AnonW | August 6, 2020 | Reply

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