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Transport Secretary visits Port of Felixstowe

it's been a landmark day for the Port of Felixstowe, the UK's busiest container port. Responsible for nearly half of all the goods that come into this country, today it handled its 70 millionth container.

There are concerns that Felixstowe is being held back by traffic problems on the A14, the major road, crossing our region, linking the docks with the motorway network. And there's a warning that introducing a toll section could drive business away.

Today the Transport Minister, Patrick McLoughlin, did his best to dispel those concerns.

Transport Secretary in Felixstowe

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin at the Port of Felixstowe Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, is back in the region today to visit the Port of Felixstowe. He'll see the 70 millionth container arrive at the Suffolk port. He's there to recognise the importance of the shipping sector to the British economy.

The Port of Felixstowe has been the UK's leading container port for over 30 years Credit: ITV News Anglia

The milestone follows the opening in June of the port's third rail terminal, the new North Rail Terminal, which will double rail capacity at the port. Felixstowe is the UK's main port for exports to the growing markets of South East Asia.


Privatisation puts passengers 'in the driving seat'

The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said privatising the East Coast main line would put passengers "in the driving seat".

Mr McLoughlin said: "This programme is a major step in delivering tangible improvements to services, providing long-term certainty to the market and supporting our huge programme of rail investment.

"Above all, in future franchise competitions we are placing passengers in the driving seat by ensuring that their views and satisfaction levels are taken into account when deciding which companies run our railway services."