Track upgrades to deliver a more reliable train service between Ipswich to Ely and Cambridge: Ipswich track 2

Tuesday 7 Jul 2020

Track upgrades to deliver a more reliable train service between Ipswich to Ely and Cambridge

Region & Route:
Eastern: Anglia
| Eastern

Rail passengers travelling between Ipswich and Ely and Ipswich and Cambridge will benefit from a more reliable service following a programme of track renewals starting on 18 July.

Network Rail’s engineers will replace nearly four miles of track between Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds, to improve reliability, which means fewer delays and cancellations for passengers. Track and sleepers will be replaced as part of the work.

Just like road surfaces, track gets worn from constant use every day. Network Rail’s engineers carry out inspections and repairs regularly, but over time the track becomes so worn that a full replacement is the only option to avoid speed restrictions that cause delays and cancellations.

The work takes place at weekends from Saturday 18 July through to Sunday 27 September with follow-up work taking place on Sunday 4 October. The work affects services between Stowmarket and Ely/Cambridge North and passengers are advised to check how their journey will be affected.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, said: “This work is a vital part of our maintenance programme to keep the track in top condition and reduce the number of delays and cancellations owing to track faults. This will improve reliability and maintain safety for our passengers.”

Passengers are advised to check before they travel at www.greateranglia.co.uk

 

Travel information

Line affected

Weekend Dates

Travel Information

 

 

 

Ipswich to Ely / Cambridge via Bury St Edmunds

Saturday 18 to Sunday 19 July

Bus replacement between Stowmarket and Ely, and Stowmarket and Cambridge North

Saturday 25 to Sunday 26 July

Bus replacement between Bury St Edmunds and Ely, and Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge North Sat and between Stowmarket and Ely, and Stowmarket and Cambridge North

Saturday 1 to Sunday 2 August

Bus replacement between Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds

Sunday 9 August

Sunday 16 August

Bus replacement between Ipswich and Ely, and Ipswich and Cambridge North

Sunday 23 August

Bus replacement between Bury St Edmunds and Ely/ Cambridge North

Sunday 30 August

Bus replacement between Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds

Saturday 5 to Sunday 6 September

Saturday 12 to Sunday 13 September

Bus replacement between Ipswich and Stowmarket all day Sat. Bus replacement between Ipswich and Norwich/ Bury St Edmunds all day Sun

Saturday 19 to Sunday 20 September

Bus between Ipswich and Norwich/ Bury St Edmunds all weekend

Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 September

Sunday 4 October

Line affected

Weekend Dates

Travel Information

Norwich to London

(Ipswich to Needham Market)

Sunday 30 August

Bus between Ipswich and Norwich/ Bury St Edmunds

Saturday 5 to Sunday 6 September

Saturday 12 to Sunday 13 September

Saturday: Bus replacement between Ipswich and Stowmarket all day.

Sunday: Bus replacement between Ipswich and Norwich/ Bury St Edmunds all day Sun

Saturday 19 to Sunday 20 September

Bus between Ipswich and Norwich/ Bury St Edmunds all weekend

Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 September

Sunday 4 October

     

Contact information

Passengers / community members
Network Rail national helpline
03457 11 41 41

Latest travel advice
Please visit National Rail Enquiries

Journalists
Network Rail press office - Katie Mack
Media relations manager (Anglia route)
020 3356 2515
Katie.Mack@networkrail.co.uk

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