Thursday 1 Feb 2018
Railway lines in Norwich, Yarmouth and Lowestoft set for major upgrade
The next phase of work to upgrade the signalling system on the Norwich, Yarmouth and Lowestoft railway lines begins on Saturday 10 February as part of a £68million investment.
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, providing safer and more reliable journeys for passengers.
As part of the work, four level crossings will be closed temporarily on various days in the run up to and during the work as changes are made to bring them up to modern safety standards, diversions will be in place:
- Brundall level crossing will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians overnight from 6pm Sunday 11 to 6am Monday 12 February
- Strumpshaw level crossing will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians on Sunday 4 February between 8am – 8pm
- Cantley Road will also be closed at nights from 11pm – 4am Saturday 3 March 2018 until Monday 5 March 2018
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.
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.”
Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, said: “This is important work to modernise the railway in East Anglia, which will improve reliability. We know our customers would rather travel by train, but during engineering works we will still make sure that customers can complete their journeys, by organising rail replacement buses."
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 www.greateranglia.co.uk.
For more information about the project go to www.networkrail.co.uk/nyl.
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.