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Nine days of disruption on rail services from this weekend

PUBLISHED: 14:20 18 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:20 18 October 2018

Network Rail engineers work on the Norwich, Yarmouth, Lowestoft improvements. Picture: Network Rail

Network Rail engineers work on the Norwich, Yarmouth, Lowestoft improvements. Picture: Network Rail

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Rail users will be faced with nine days of disruption from this weekend as signalling system upgrades are carried out.

A train on the Reedham to Great Yarmouth line passing through the open marshes near Breydon Water. Picture: James BassA train on the Reedham to Great Yarmouth line passing through the open marshes near Breydon Water. Picture: James Bass

People using trains on the Wherry lines will see nine days of disruption as work to upgrade some of the oldest signals in the country is carried out by Network Rail.

The work will take from Saturday, October 20, with the bulk of the work taking place at Reedham junction where a new track layout is being put in place.

The changes to Reedham junction will also require rail services between Reedham and Yarmouth to be suspended from 20 October until April 2019 when the new signals will come into operation.

The closure of the single branch line will affect a small number of daily services via Berney Arms.

The work is being done in preparation for the final switch over from a Victorian era signalling system to a modern signalling system in spring 2019. Other work across the lines will include installation of signals including piling and foundation construction, level crossing works including civil engineering works for CCTV operation and under track cable routes, and the installation of cables and lineside equipment cases.

Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “The next phase of this project is vital to continue to transform the railway as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.

“While I understand that closing the railway is an inconvenience I would like to reassure passengers that this work will deliver tangible benefits to rail journeys across the Wherry lines, increasing safety and reliability using modern signaling technology.

“I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carry out this important work and urge anyone using these services to check their journey plans ahead of travelling.”

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, said: “We really appreciate the patience of our customers using this line during these works.

“Together with Network Rail we’re completely modernising the railway in this area which will have brand new state-of-the-art signaling and trains, resulting in a more reliable service.

Over the nine day period from October 20, Greater Anglia will operate a number of rail replacement bus services, including:

• Norwich to Yarmouth

• Norwich to Lowestoft

• Norwich to Sheringham train services will continue to operate Monday to Friday but train services will be suspended on the weekends of Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October and Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October. A rail replacement bus service will be operating.

• Lowestoft to Ipswich train services will continue to operate Monday to Friday but train services will be suspended between Lowestoft and Beccles on the weekends of Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October and Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October. A rail replacement bus service will be operating.

Works to deliver the re-signalling project will be taking place at various weekends between October 2018 and March 2019 which may affect services on the Wherry lines. Passengers are advised to check before they travel at www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.greateranglia.co.uk.

For more information about the project please visit www.networkrail.co.uk/nyl.

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