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Rail disruption on East Suffolk line expected as three kilometres of track between Beccles and Halesworth set to be replaced

Disruption to train services is expected in Suffolk next month when three kilometres of worn-out track is set to be replaced.

Network Rail said the track, in the vicinity of Brampton station – between Beccles and Halesworth – will be replaced with almost 3,500 steel and 700 concrete sleepers.

While officials say the work will help improve "punctuality and reliability" for passengers on the East Suffolk line, it will mean some train services will be suspended for over a week and there will be some disruption on the roads while a level crossing is closed.

Worn-out rail track on the East Suffolk line is set to be renewed to improve reliability and improve passenger experience. Picture: Network Rail (42219388)
Worn-out rail track on the East Suffolk line is set to be renewed to improve reliability and improve passenger experience. Picture: Network Rail (42219388)

Work is set to begin on Saturday, October 24 and last until the early hours of Monday, November 2.

Train services on the East Suffolk line will be suspended between Lowestoft and Saxmundham during this time while engineers carry out the work.

Passengers are advised to check before travelling and allow extra time as a bus replacement service will be running between Lowestoft and Saxmundham.

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, said: “We know engineering works are inconvenient for passengers, but this essential work will help improve punctuality and reliability for customers on the East Suffolk line.

"A rail replacement bus service will run between Lowestoft and Saxmundham to ensure customers are able to complete their journeys.

“We would like to thank customers for their patience and understanding while this work takes place."

The Station Road level crossing in Brampton will also be closed from 11pm on Friday, October 23 to 5am on Monday, November 2, so a diversion route will be in place for drivers.

The crossing will also be closed overnight on Thursday, October 8 to early Friday, October 9.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia said: “We’re continuing our programme of essential track renewal works to maintain the track and replace worn out sections to improve reliability.

“Closing a line for over a week is always going to be inconvenient for those who wish travel, for which I apologise, but overall, it is less disruptive for passengers to close a line for 10 days rather than closing the railway over many weekends.”

The improvement work will also include the level crossing on Station Road in Brampton which will receive an improved deck for vehicles as well as the installation of tactile paving, handrails, fencing and signs for pedestrians.

Three pedestrian foot crossings in the vicinity of Brampton will receive new decks and upgrade works to improve the surface for those crossing the railway.

And platform resurfacing works are also planned at Brampton station at the same time.

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