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Delays to be halved at notorious level crossing in Oulton Broad

PUBLISHED: 09:10 30 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:10 30 November 2016

A new signal is put into operation at Oulton Broad North station to help improve the level crossing.
Colin Law, James Reeder, Peter Aldous, Huw Edwards and Jonathan Denby.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

A new signal is put into operation at Oulton Broad North station to help improve the level crossing. Colin Law, James Reeder, Peter Aldous, Huw Edwards and Jonathan Denby. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

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Improvements to reduce lengthy delays and ease frustration for motorists at a notorious level crossing have been completed.

A new signal is put into operation at Oulton Broad North station to help improve the level crossing.

PHOTO: Nick ButcherA new signal is put into operation at Oulton Broad North station to help improve the level crossing. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Oulton Broad North railway station level crossing has caused congestion for many years, but now improvements are set to reduce vehicle waiting times by more than half- according to the partnership behind the improvements.

After nine months of work, the signal has been moved 50m down the platform, meaning the barriers do not need to be lowered until the train is ready to leave the station.

Representatives from the partnership scheme, including Network Rail, Suffolk County Council, Waveney District Council, Abellio Greater Anglia and Lowestoft and Waveney Chamber of Commerce, gathered on Monday as the signal was put into operation.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous said: “This has been a major bottleneck and a major source of congestion, so this sends out a positive message to businesses who want to move and expand here.”

Improvements will see waiting times for motorists at the crossing reduced from an average of four minutes to one and a half minutes- when trains are travelling from Lowestoft to Norwich.

James Reeder, board member of Lowestoft and Waveney Chamber of Commerce, said: “This will benefit businesses with receiving deliveries quicker, as well as the blue light services and if we can help them achieve their target times it will certainly benefit everybody. “

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