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Striking a new chord
01/09/2010 | Channel:
The Department for Transport has announced permission for a new rail link to be built to the north of Nuneaton station.
Network Rail has received notification that the Secretary of State has granted permission for the Nuneaton North Chord scheme to proceed, following a public inquiry held earlier this year. The new 1km section of track will link the existing cross-country rail route from Felixstowe to Nuneaton with the west coast main line. This will allow freight trains to travel directly to the economic markets in West Midlands and North West England without having to travel through north London, which they currently do.
On completion of the scheme freight trains will be able to travel through Nuneaton station without affecting passenger services, thereby helping to reduce disruption and making the railway more reliable. Work on the Nuneaton North Chord is expected to start in spring 2011 and is anticipated to take around 18 months to complete.