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Town bracing itself for traffic delays

PUBLISHED: 09:53 02 February 2008 | UPDATED: 19:37 05 July 2010

Motorists and rail passengers are bracing themselves for disruption to roads and train services as major engineering projects get under way in the Lowestoft area.

Motorists and rail passengers are bracing themselves for disruption to roads and train services as major engineering projects get under way in the Lowestoft area.

The next closure of the town's A12 Bascule Bridge takes place from 8pm tonight until 6am on Tuesday, with further shutdowns planned over the coming weeks.

Police have warned drivers to expect delays around the area, particularly during the rush-hour periods on Monday, and urged people to use alternative means of transport.

Engineering work on the rail lines into Lowestoft will also take place from February 9-15 and March 3-10, but will avoid the closures of the Bascule Bridge, which is undergoing a £2.3m maintenance programme.

The work on the bridge was due to be completed before Christmas, but the Highways Agency discovered some parts were more worn than previously thought and had to order new parts in.

Police spokesman Anne-Marie Breach said: “We know from previous closures that there were delays. We would advise motorists not to travel unless they have to, avoid busy times if possible and leave extra time for their journeys.

“As before, there will be restrictions in place to ensure traffic keeps flowing and we would ask drivers to take notice of this and make other people's lives a little bit easier. The work has to be done and we've got to live with it and change our behaviour for a few days.”

Police will enforce a number of diversions and no waiting restrictions will also be in place at certain locations.

Further closures of the bridge will take place from 8pm on February 23 until 6am on February 28 and from 8pm on March 15 until 6am on March 17.

A temporary footbridge will be set up next to the Bascule Bridge and free park-and-rise bus services will operate from the former rifle range in Pakefield between 7am and 7pm on weekdays.

Meanwhile, rail passengers are also facing disruption with the track between Lowestoft and Oulton Broad South scheduled to close from February 9-15. Replacement bus services will run between the two stations and travellers setting out from Lowestoft have been advised to arrive at the station 20 minutes earlier for bus transfer.

Engineering work will also close the main Norwich to Lowestoft line from March 3-10 and details about replacement bus services will be released nearer the time.

For further details about the project, visit www.highways.gov.uk or call the Highways Agency on 08457 50 40 30.

For updates on One rail services, visit www.onerailway.com

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