Tuesday 15 Dec 2020
Fewer delays between Norwich and Lowestoft following track replacement work
- Region & Route:
- Eastern: Anglia
Network Rail has replaced track at Somerleyton to improve reliability of services between Norwich and Lowestoft.
One mile of track, 2420 concrete sleepers and 6240 tonnes of ballast, the stones that form the track bed were replaced over the course of two weekends, with follow up works being completed on Sunday (13 December). New decks, where the road and the tracks cross, were also installed at two user worked crossings along with handrails and fencing, while the rail line was closed.
Just like road surfaces, track gets worn from constant use. Network Rail’s engineers carry out inspections and repairs regularly, but over time the track becomes so worn that a full replacement is the only option to avoid speed restrictions that cause delays and cancellations.
Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, said: “Replacing track is essential to keep services running safely, smoothly and reliably. The work we have completed at Somerleyton will help to minimise delays our passengers experience that are caused by track faults.”
Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia Manging Director, said: “This work will help to improve punctuality and performance along this vital part of the line.
“We would like to thank customers for their patience while this work was undertaken.”
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