Friday 13 Jan 2017
Lowestoft train travel advice due to flood warnings
Joint statement from Greater Anglia and Network Rail. Train passengers heading to and from Lowestoft will not be able to travel after approximately 8pm this evening (13 January 2017). Lowestoft train station and the lines which run into and out of the station are closing early as a severe flood warning has been issued by the Environment Agency.
Suffolk Constabulary has asked Greater Anglia and Network Rail to evacuate the station and close the lines, for safety reasons.
Last services this evening
- No trains will run to and from the station after the 20.07 service to Ipswich has departed.
- The last train services going to Lowestoft tonight are the 17.00 from London (to connect with the 18.13 from Ipswich), the 18.13 from Ipswich and the 19.02 from Norwich.
- The last trains going from Lowestoft are the 19.55 to Norwich and the 20.07 to Ipswich. Tickets for later trains will be accepted on any trains.
- Lowestoft station is unlikely to open again until after 11am on Saturday, depending on the extent of any flooding to the line and at the station.
- Passengers travelling from Norwich and Ipswich to stations before Lowestoft should check before they travel.
- Passengers can check before they travel, on the Greater Anglia website, app or on Twitter @greateranglia and using National Rail Enquiries.
Greater Anglia Customer Services Director Andrew Goodrum said: “We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience, but we are taking this action for the safety of our passengers and staff.”
Network Rail area route director, Steve Hooker said: “Working with Greater Anglia, we have been monitoring the weather and flooding situation throughout today. In consultation with the emergency services, we have jointly taken a decision to close the line early to keep passengers safe. Our orange army is on standby to inspect the line, make any necessary repairs and reopen it as soon as the anticipated flooding has subsided.”
About Network Rail
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- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.