Trains disrupted for third time in four days after swing bridge failure

PUBLISHED: 17:24 26 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:24 26 July 2018

Lowestoft Station. Pictures: MICK HOWES

Lowestoft Station. Pictures: MICK HOWES


Trains from Lowestoft have been hit by two failures meaning trains are unable to run to Norwich.

First, trains were suspended between Oulton Broad South and Lowestoft after a points failure for half an hour.

Then, half an hour later, Reedham swing bridge failed, stopping all trains between Norwich and Lowestoft.

Greater Anglia said the disruption is expected to last until 7pm tonight, affecting commuter services.

It is the third failure since Monday affecting Lowestoft, with commuters on Monday, July 23, forced to contend with high temperatures in a windowless train after getting stuck at Oulton Broad North for an hour and a half.

Greater Anglia tweeted: “Due to a fault with a swing bridge over a river at Reedham Norfolk the line is blocked. Services between Norwich and Lowestoft will be revised.

“Norwich to Lowestoft services are currently unable to operate between Reedham and Lowestoft.

They added: “Customers travelling between Norwich and Oulton Broad North/Lowestoft are advised to travel to Great Yarmouth. Greater Anglia tickets will be accepted on First bus route X1 between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

“A limited bus replacement service will also operate between Yarmouth and Lowestoft via Oulton Broad North.

“Customers wishing to travel to and from Somerleyton and Haddiscoe are advised to use the station help points or contact staff and Lowestoft or Norwich to arrange alternative transport.”

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