Essential track maintenance in early autumn between Norwich and Cromer, Sheringham, Great Yarmouth, and Lowestoft: Track maintenance work at Norfolk

Monday 25 Sep 2023

Essential track maintenance in early autumn between Norwich and Cromer, Sheringham, Great Yarmouth, and Lowestoft

Region & Route:
Eastern: Anglia

Network Rail will be conducting essential track maintenance and timber renewals between Norwich and Cromer, Sheringham, Great Yarmouth, and Lowestoft on five consecutive weekends starting this October.

Work will take place over the following weekends:

- Saturday 7 October and Sunday 8 October

- Saturday 14 October and Sunday 15 October

- Saturday 21 October and Sunday 22 October

- Saturday 28 October and Sunday 29 October

- Saturday 4 November and Sunday 5 November

Regular maintenance is essential to keep the signalling and control systems functioning correctly, to maintain safety of rail users. We’ll also be working to improve the stability of the railway tracks by clearing wet beds; sections of track saturated by water which can cause dips in the rails, giving passengers a ‘bumpy’ ride.

We will also be renewing sleeper timbers in the Brundal Gardens area. These timbers have reached the end of their service life, and their renewal is necessary to maintain safe operations and prevent potential speed restrictions.

Information for Greater Anglia Passengers

Buses will replace trains between Norwich and Sheringham each weekend except for 14 and 15 October when the railway will remain open. Buses will call at all stations except Gunton, as it cannot be served by inaccessible roads.

On the East Suffolk line buses will replace trains between Lowestoft and Halesworth on 14 and 15 October only. Connecting trains will operate between Halesworth and Ipswich.

On the weekends of 28 and 29 October, and 4 and 5 November, buses will also replace trains between:

- Norwich and Great Yarmouth, calling at Brundall Gardens, Brundall, Lingwood, and Acle.

- Lingwood and Reedham, calling at Cantley.

- Norwich and Lowestoft, calling at Oulton Broad North.

Buckenham, Haddiscoe, and Somerleyton stations cannot be served by rail replacement buses due to inaccessible roads.

Full details and journey planners are available on or

Mark Walker, Network Rail Anglia route infrastructure engineer, said: Mark Walker, Network Rail Anglia route infrastructure engineer, said: “We’re focused on delivering important maintenance tasks, to maintain the safe and efficient running of the railway.

Completing these tasks will directly contribute to the reliability of train journeys and safety which is our top priority. I want to thank all our customers for their patience while we carry out these essential maintenance tasks.”

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, said: “This work is extremely important to help maintain the safe and reliable running of the railway - we would like to thank customers for their patience and understanding while this work is carried out. A rail replacement service will run while the work takes place and passengers are advised to check before they travel and allow more time for their journey.”

Contact information

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