Sunday, 28 February 2010
The Bacon Loop - Labour investment on railways in Ipswich
As we get closer to an election, the differences between Labour and the Tories come under closer inspection. In Ipswich we have seen the proposed Ipswich Bus sell off by our local Tories, this just highlights what the Tories think of Public Transport. So at the same time as we see the Tory Bus sell off we have the proposed £35 Million investment in the Railway system in Ipswich (Network Rail story here).
This just part of a £53 Million investment in the route from Felixstowe to the Midlands.
The investment in Ipswich will be spent on a new 1km stretch of track, or ‘chord’, north of Ipswich goods yard, linking the East Suffolk and Great Eastern lines. This is to built on the site of the old Harris factory on Hadleigh Road. the new track has already attracted the name of the "Bacon Loop"
This is the difference between Labour and the Tories, we are investing in the transport infrastructure and the Tories just want to stop spending money on anything.
The 'Bacon Loop' will keep vehicles off the road, speed up the time it takes for good to travel from Suffolk to the Midland and plus the jobs that will be created to carry out the building work.
The 'Bacon Loop' name will probably stick but I would like to see the Loop or at least part of this new goods yard name after an Ipswich rail hero, a certain Mr Clark - if you don not know who he is, I will put up a post about this brave man later in the week.