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Drivers report lengthy delays after overnight level crossing works

PUBLISHED: 10:55 14 May 2019 | UPDATED: 10:55 14 May 2019

Overnight work will be carried out to the Oulton Broad North railway crossing. Picture: Nick Butcher

Overnight work will be carried out to the Oulton Broad North railway crossing. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Drivers faced lengthy delays travelling in and around Lowestoft this morning as overnight roadworks closed a busy route into town.

Bridge Road, in Oulton Broad was due to be closed from midnight until 5am this morning for work on the level crossing at Oulton Broad North, but "unexpected issues" meant workers were still on the scene more than three hours later.

Motorists had been warned delays were likely while the level crossing work is carried out, although access to pedestrians and cyclists will be maintained at all times.

Network Rail Anglia's chief operating officer Steve Hooker said: "We are sorry for the disruption experienced by drivers in Lowestoft this morning.

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"Last night we planned to undertake track safety inspections at Oulton Broad North level crossing between midnight and 5am.

"Unfortunately, our team encountered some unexpected issues, which meant we were unable to fully replace the surface panels and reopen the crossing to road users until around 8.45am.

"In recognition of the difficult journeys people have experienced this morning, we have curtailed similar work that we had planned for the same period overnight tonight.

"Once again we sincerely apologise for the disruption caused."

Heavy traffic was reported throughout the morning rush hour, with some drivers reporting up to half an hour of delays on journeys into Lowestoft.

Work on the level crossing was expected to resume from midnight and until 5am tomorrow (Wednesday, May 15).

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