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Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich rail passengers could be affected by Bank Holiday weekend works

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Rail passengers are being urged to check how their journey may be affected by upgrades and maintenance work over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Network Rail engineers will carry out a programme of work across the region to 'reduce the number of delays and cancellations and to keep tracks and equipment in safe and reliable condition'.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, said: "Anyone travelling over the Bank Holiday weekend should check how their journey could be affected."

Greater Anglia train (41133631)
Greater Anglia train (41133631)

The areas where work will be carried out are:

  • Ipswich to Norwich / Bury St Edmunds: Sunday, August 30 to Monday, August 31 - renewing over half a mile of track at Needham Market, track maintenance, drainage works, overhead wire and structure works to improve reliability.
  • Kings Lynn: Friday, August 28 to Monday, August 31 - engineers at King’s Lynn will be working on a new siding as part of the King’s Lynn capacity enhancement scheme. For four days, Kings Lynn services will start/terminate at Downham Market with bus replacement services running to Watlington and King’s Lynn.
  • East Tilbury: Saturday, August 29 to Monday, August 31 - overhead wire upgrades to reduce the number of delays owing to overhead line issues.
  • Norwich to Lowestoft: Saturday, August 29 to Sunday, August 30 - track maintenance work at Cantley to reduce the number of track faults.
  • Clapton and Tottenham: Sunday, August 30 - track maintenance work to improve reliability of the track.

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia’s managing director, said: "The bank holiday weekend engineering work is essential to help us provide more punctual services.

"We are running additional rail replacement buses to ensure customers can maintain social distancing.

"Customers should wear face covering when on our stations, trains and rail replacement buses, unless they are exempt from doing so.

"Customers should check before they travel and allow more time for their journeys while the work is taking place.

"We would like to thank them for their patience and understanding and apologise for the inconvenience caused."

Passengers should check before they travel at www.nationalrail.co.uk or with their train operator.

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