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Thursday, September 24, 2020

East Suffolk line to benefit from major renewals

Network Rail is planning to replace three kilometres of worn-out track in the vicinity of Brampton station on the East Suffolk line to improve reliability and provide passengers with an improved journey experience.  Almost 3500 steel and 700 concrete sleepers will be replaced as part of the works.

The level crossing on Station Road in Brampton will also receive an improved deck for road vehicles as well as additional works to install tactile paving, handrails, fencing and signage for pedestrians. Three pedestrian foot crossings in the vicinity of Brampton will also receive new decks and associated upgrade works to improve the surface for those crossing the railway.

Brampton station in 2012. CREDIT: Adrian Cable

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

This work is planned to begin on Saturday 24 October and last until early hours of Monday 2 November. Train services on the East Suffolk line will be suspended between Lowestoft and Saxmundham to allow engineers a safe working environment to complete the track renewal works.

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.”

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