Network Rail regulation and performance

11.01.19

Delays to £68m rail line upgrade to keep Norfolk branch line closed

A Norfolk branch line will remain closer after a major £68m railway upgrade for the line has been delayed.

The upgrade project on the line between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft was due to be completed by 31 March, but this deadline will no longer be met and no new date for completion has yet been set.

The line from Reedham to Great Yarmouth via Berney Arms, which shut in October, will remain closed indefinitely in order to allow for more testing to take place.

A spokesperson from Network Rail apologised for the delay to the £68m project and said it was working with the train operator Greater Anglia to work out when services could resume either in full or in part.

The spokesperson said: “We are committed to completing this programme as soon as possible and we are developing a revised timetable for the work. New dates will be communicated in due course.

“Passengers can continue to use their existing service across the Wherry lines, however services on the Berney Arms branch line will continue to be suspended.”

The delay is not expected to increase the cost of the project, and a new date will be announced soon.

Network Rail announced the £68m signalling overhaul in September last year, with a new state-of-the-art signalling system with 66 new colour light LED signals, 22 power operated points, and a remote computer-based signalling control system being installed.

The work was to modernise the Wherry Lines from Norwich to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft and provide a new track layout at Reedham Junction, with Network Rail stating that the “Victorian” era signalling system would be replaced with a modern version.

It said that no trains would run between Great Yarmouth and Reedham for six months because of the upgrades whilst the junction’s tracks were reconfigured.

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

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

26/03/2019The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

Dave Hodgson, elected mayor of Bedford Borough Council and chair of England’s Economic Heartland’s Strategic... more >
Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-spe... more >

editor's comment

23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the TOC, gives RTM an update on the innovative scheme. Recognising that young people are more likely to take a risk trespassing on railway tracks, C... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

26/03/2019The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

Dave Hodgson, elected mayor of Bedford Borough Council and chair of England’s Economic Heartland’s Strategic Transport Forum, sets out his vision for the future of rail in light of the Rail Review, whilst highlighting the economic significance of the region. As the sub-national transport body (STB) for the Oxford-Cambridge gro... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >