Monday 25 Sep 2017
Major signalling upgrade to provide safer and more reliable rail journeys for passengers in Norwich, Yarmouth and Lowestoft
A new, state of the art signalling system is to be installed on train lines in the Norwich, Yarmouth and Lowestoft areas as part of Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan.
The new system is part of a £68 million investment to modernise the railway and will replace some of the oldest signalling equipment on the network. A total of 66 new colour light LED signals, 22 power operated points and a remote computer-based signalling control system will replace levers and physical operations, meaning safer and more reliable journeys for passengers.
Changes will also be made to level crossings to bring them up to modern safety standards. Level crossings that are currently operated by a crossing keeper will be replaced with a modern barrier type remotely controlled by a signaller using CCTV cameras. This will improve journey times and reduce the amount of time the barriers are down, meaning fewer delays and congestion for motorists too.
There will be changes to services between Norwich and Lowestoft, and Norwich and Yarmouth for a nine-day period from Saturday 21 October until Monday 30 October 2017 while work is under way. Passengers are advised to check before they travel.
Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “This is a significant project that will not only transform rail travel for passengers in this region, but also bring benefits for motorists and pedestrians. We are working to provide a sustainable and efficient railway which uses modern technology, to improve safety and reliability as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carry out this important work and urge anyone using these services to check how their journeys will be affected ahead of travelling.”
The work will take place at several locations and there will be significant work on the Norwich-Yarmouth-Lowestoft lines between October 2017 and March 2019. This will result in changes to train services and passengers are advised to check before they travel at www.nationalrail.co.uk or with their train operator.
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.