icon-arrow-right icon-play icon-close
HomeProjectsFelixstowe – signalling upgrade works

Felixstowe – signalling upgrade works


The signalling division of VolkerRail has been contracted by sister company VolkerFitzpatrick to complete signalling works on the Felixstowe capacity enhancement scheme.

This project, for Network Rail, will see VolkerFitzpatrick upgrade the Felixstowe branch line and build the space needed for 1.4km of extra track, built as a loop line, to be laid between Trimley and the level crossing at Gun Lane. The £60m investment is part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan and funded by the Strategic Freight Network with a contribution from Hutchinson Ports UK.

The branch line forms part of the cross-country route between the Port of Felixstowe and freight terminals in the Midlands and the North. The current single-track bi-directional nature of the line constrains and limits the number of freight trains that are able to operate. This project will help deliver improved capacity for freight operators to the Port of Felixstowe, whilst improving the reliability of passenger services from Ipswich to Felixstowe town.

As part of the project, VolkerRail will complete:

GRIP 5 scope:

  • Signalling design of new MCS and Smartlock control system and all trackside signalling

GRIP 6-8 Scope:

Colchester Control Centre

  • Replace the existing Solid State Interlocking with Smartlock (data design and support systems)
  • Provision of VDU signalling control system to replace the NX panel for Felixstowe branch
  • NX panel alterations for the fringes

Trackside works

  • All new signals, changes to existing signals, new location cases, new S&C integration, new track circuits and new signage.
  • Upgrade four level crossings

Facts and figures

  • Client
  • Duration
    18 months
  • Project categories

Related News

More news

New loop line installed at Felixstowe

VolkerFitzpatrick and VolkerRail have successfully completed the first stage of upgrades on the Felixstowe branch line in...

VolkerRail awarded majority share of signalling frameworks by Network Rail

VolkerRail has been awarded the major share of signalling frameworks within Network Rail’s signalling strategy for...