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Congestion busting rail link in Suffolk set to open

A new multi-million pound rail link in Suffolk which could take thousands of lorries off the roads is nearing completion.

The Transport Minister Stephen Hammond visited the Ipswich Chord today - the latest in a series of big infrastructure projects for the region.

The £59 million scheme could take thousands of lorries off the roads, making it easier for freight to be transported to Felixstowe.

By the start of next month, a new stretch of track linking the Great Eastern line from London to Ipswich, with the East Suffolk line from Ipswich to Felixstowe, will be open.

Previously freight trains had used Ipswich station as a turning point to move between the two lines.

The new track will now take as many as 24 of the trains out of the station.

The new track at Ipswich is expected to remove 750,000 lorry journeys from the A14 per year by 2030.

The Transport Minister Stephen Hammond visited the Ipswich Chord. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Ipswich Chord as it's known is one of the latest infrastructure improvements in the region.

It comes as the £100 million project to dual the A11 between Thetford and Barton Mills nears completion.

And now Chemsford MP Simon Burns is calling for the A12 to be upgraded to a motorway.

MPs visit the Ipswich Chord. Credit: ITV News Anglia

But all this investment doesn't come cheap.

The work on the 1.2km Ipswich Chord Rail link has cost 59 million pounds.

Dualling the 9-mile stretch of the A11 at Thetford is coming in at just over a hundred million pounds.

Whereas the cost to upgrade 40 miles of the A12 into a motorway could run into hundreds of millions, if not billions.