Tuesday 8 Aug 2017
Fewer delays for Suffolk rail passengers following installation of new track
Rail journeys between Ipswich, Lowestoft and Felixstowe will now be smoother and more reliable following the installation of 15km of new track over a nine-day closure.
Network Rail’s orange army replaced around 15,000 metres of new rail and 10,150 sleepers as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan, while the line was closed between Ipswich and Halesworth from Saturday 29 July to Sunday 6 August.
16,500 tonnes of ballast was also replaced to improve drainage and reliability. A grid was installed at Westerfield station to keep the ballast in place and the tracks aligned, making for a smoother journey and further improving reliability.
Simon Ancona, Network Rail’s chief operating officer for Anglia, said: “We have replaced the old track with new to make journeys between Ipswich, Lowestoft and Felixstowe smoother and more reliable as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. New track is less susceptible to damage, meaning fewer delays and disruption caused by damage to the track. I’d like to thank everyone for their patience while we carried out the work.”
Jamie Burles, Managing Director of Greater Anglia, said: "This new track will help us to run a more reliable, on-time railway and make customers' journeys better. We would like to thank our customers for their patience and understanding while this work was carried out."
About Network Rail
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.7 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.
We are building a better railway for a better Britain.