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Good to see Freight Transferred off the Roads and onto Rail. Less Pressure on the A14 Thanks to Partial EU Funding

September 29, 2017 9:28 PM
Train on Bacon Factory Chord New Bridge

Train Crossing New Bridge

It's always goood to see a long-awaited project delivering benefits. In this case the so-called "Bacon Factory Chord" in the north of Ipswich.

This is a combination of a new bridge over a river, a curve of relaid track and new points that will eliminate the need for reversing trains - always a slow and expensive procedure - destined for Nuneaton, the Midlands and the North West.

Trains can now proceed from line to line without needing to reverse and usually without needing to stop at all.

This will increase the freight capacity across East Anglia, reduce the need for trains to go south to join the West Coast Mainline and reduce lorry traffic on the A14.

Train Moving off Bacon Factory Chord

Traing Moving Off along the New Curve

It had long been identified as a key stategic rail route by the European Commission and a significant amount of EU funding went into the scheme. This funding could have been greater but for a cancellation of the full doubling of track between Soham and Ely. The EU is not a soft touch. If a country doesn't do the agreed work they obviously don't get the agreed money.

But it's nothing new. The UK has a long history of winning EU funding but then not getting all of it because the governmenr reduced, or changed, the project after starting.