Network Rail

The East Suffolk Line from Saxmundham to Lowestoft is closed from late on Friday night for nine days until the early hours of Monday, November 2 - to allow Network Rail to do major engineering work.

Six weekends of engineering work on the main line between Ipswich and London starts on Saturday with buses replacing trains for some journeys to the capital.

Passengers heading to London by train on autumn weekends have been warned to be prepared for disruption – and for buses to replace trains for part of their journeys.

Network Rail engineers have replace four miles of track between Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds during a 10-week period of work on the line over the summer.

Three level crossings on the East Suffolk Line in Woodbridge are to be upgraded over the next six months to cope with more road traffic heading to new developments near the town’s quayside.

The main cross-country rail line from Felixstowe to the Midlands could be electrified within 20 years as part of a government proposal to get rid of all diesel locomotives on the country’s rail lines by that year.

Network Rail completed the installation of more than half a mile of track near Needham Market station over the weekend in a bid to improve the reliability of trains between Ipswich and Norwich or Bury St Edmunds.

There will be no trains between Ipswich and London on five Sundays between mid October and the end of November as Network Rail engineers upgrade the overhead power lines through Essex.

Bosses at Greater Anglian and Network Rail have given their final update on services during lockdown – explaining how trains are now running normally again and how they are prepared for an increase in the number of passengers.

Lessons have been learned from problems which plagued Suffolk rail passengers last winter, a transport minister has said – and vowed that commuters in the county will not suffer in the same way in future.

Rail passengers travelling to London and across East Anglia could face more disruption over autumn and winter after Network Rail announced a series of track and overhead line works.

The bosses of Greater Anglia and Network Rail in the east have issued a joint statement about the current situation on the region’s trains.

Buses will replace trains on the rail lines from Colchester to Clacton and Walton on the Naze over the bank holiday weekend as Network Rail engineers carry out work on the line.

Suffolk councillors are to question rail bosses about the problems that hit passengers earlier this year in what will be the county’s first scrutiny committee meeting held online.

Track replacement work at Maryland, on the approach to Stratford in east London, has been completed – meaning that trains from East Anglia should now be able to reach the capital without problems.

The boss of Network Rail in East Anglia has outlined how staff are working through the coronavirus crisis to keep trains moving for essential workers and freight travelling around the country.

The number of passengers using trains may have fallen dramatically since the start of the coronavirus outbreak - but East Anglia’s rail network continues to be very busy with freight traffic.

Passengers aiming to use the trains over the Easter weekend will have to be prepared for disruption as Network Rail carries out engineering works – including replacing Manningtree level crossing.

Rail services from Lowestoft should return to normal on Monday morning after three weeks of disruption which has seen them replaced by buses as new signalling and crossings are installed.

Bosses at Greater Anglia were full of praise for Network Rail teams who kept trains running during, and after, Storm Ciara hit the region on Sunday.

Gather up your gazebos and tie down your trampolines – that’s the plea to homeowners near tracks from rail bosses who fear the approaching Storm Ciara could devastate train timetables on Sunday and Monday.

Network Rail has apologised to passengers and promised to review the way it carries out work in the Lowestoft area after it cut off the East Suffolk Line during Tuesday morning’s peak period.

Rail passengers in east Suffolk face three weeks of disruption from Monday when Network Rail starts a major resignalling programme on the lines between Lowestoft and Norwich.

Network Rail carried out major track replacement work at Colchester and between Liverpool Street and Bethnal Green over the Christmas period.

There are no through trains between East Anglia and London this weekend for bargain-hunting shoppers as Network Rail engineers carry out maintenance on the line between Shenfield and Stratford.

Special Christmas and New Year timetables will be operating on rail services in the area over the festive season – but there will be trains from East Anglia to London operating on most days.

When Jacqui Cobbold got a new job, she hoped the train would take the strain. But commuting has proved stressful

The new trains introduced on Greater Anglia’s rural routes were not the cause of the signalling problems that have plunged services into chaos over the last few weeks, the company said today.

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