Friday 30 Jul 2004


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The £5m project to lower the track in the Ipswich tunnel, to allow passage of 9’6’’ freight containers, reaches its half way point on Sunday 8 August 2004. To mark the occasion, you are invited to join a special visit to see the work underway inside the tunnel.  You will be escorted by a Network Rail project manager, who will explain the stages of the project that have already been completed, as well as the activities that are still ongoing. Where:          Ipswich tunnel, meeting at Ipswich station reception When:            11.00 - Thursday 12 August Who:              Kim Barry or Des Willis, Network Rail Project Managers What:             Tour of Ipswich tunnel to see work in action Photo and interview opportunities outside the tunnel.  There is limited lighting for photographs inside the tunnel, but a selection of photos will be available on CD. NB.  Please ensure you bring sturdy footwear - access to the tunnel will not be permitted without it.  Hard hats and high visibility vests will be provided. If you wish to attend please contact Jenny Sacre in the Network Rail press office on                         020 7557 8107 or by emailing

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