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Manningtree: Rail line reopens after landslip repaired

PUBLISHED: 17:35 24 February 2014 | UPDATED: 17:35 24 February 2014

Network Rail engineers at the landslip at Brantham.

Network Rail engineers at the landslip at Brantham.

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Network Rail engineers spent Sunday repairing a landslip at Brantham, south of Ipswich, which had delayed main line rail services since last Tuesday.

There was already engineering work planned in Essex, so the line closure was extended to Ipswich on Sunday at short notice to allow the landslip to be repaired.

Trains are now able to run normally on the Great Eastern main line.

Peter Lensink, Operations Director for Greater Anglia said: “The work to quickly repair the landslip that occurred at Brantham has been an excellent example of our team working in close partnership with Network Rail colleagues to ensure extensive repairs were carried out quickly and efficiently.”

Richard Schofield, Network Rail route managing director said: “The partnership between Network Rail and Greater Anglia demonstrates clearly how our respective teams worked closely to repair the landslip at Brantham quickly, with minimal disruption to passenger services.”

Stowmarket Road in Great Blakenham was closed on Saturday night after a car left the road and crashed into a house.

Police have named the van driver who died in an accident on the Orwell Bridge on Friday as 67-year-old Michael (Mick) Rayner from Essex.

A new customer service office has opened in Sudbury as Babergh and Mid Suffolk councils prepare to move their main operations to Ipswich where they will share Suffolk’s Endeavour House headquarters.

Road crews from Highways England will be working at the following sites on East Anglia’s busiest roads over the next week – so this is where drivers can expect to find delays:

Colchester MP Will Quince was visibly moved as the House of Commons passed a new law giving parents the right to compassionate leave from work after suffering the tragedy of stillbirth.

The snooker area at Bears Pool & Snooker Club in Ipswich has now opened following the venue relaunch this summer.

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