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EU COULD BACK EAST WEST RAIL LINK ON ROUTE TO IRELAND

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A proposed east west rail route with a link to cargo facilities at Felixstowe could be given the go-ahead by the EU...
A proposed east west rail route with a link to cargo facilities at Felixstowe could be given the go-ahead by the EU despite the British government's opposition, reports the East Anglian Daily Times (p6).

EC cash is on offer for the scheme - backed by Suffolk CC - to create a Network Europe rail track which will enable freight to be sent by train across the European mainland to Ireland without interruption. The British leg would run from Felixstowe to Holyhead.

The European parliament has already given its support to the scheme, but the Council of Ministers have rejected it. If the parliament sticks to its view then it will have to negotiate a solution to the dispute with the ministers, reports the EADT.

The route would follow the path of a proposed east west rail link between Ipswich and Oxford which consultants - commissioned by a consortium of 25 councils - yesterday said could be built mainly using existing tracks.
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