100 year old track to be replaced as part of Ipswich-Lowestoft Line improvements

100 year old track to be replaced as part of Ipswich-Lowestoft Line improvements

A 100 year old track is to be replaced by Network Rail in August.

The track, which has joints in between different sections meaning that passing trains make the unmistakeable clickety-clack sound that is synonymous with old tracks is to be completely replaced on the one-mile stretch just north of Martlesham on the East Sussex line.

The new section of track will instead be continuously welded, with the supporting ballasts and sleepers also being completely replaced.

The work will be taking place between Wednesday 16 August and Friday 25 August and follows on from previous supporting work on the embankment earlier this year, which was widened and stabilised.

Mark Walker, Network Rail Anglia route infrastructure engineer, said: “Having completed our stabilisation works on the Martlesham embankment in the spring, we’re now coming back to finish the job.

“This is a major track replacement project and we need an extended stretch of access to the railway to get it done. We’re sorry for the disruption that this will cause, but passengers can rest assured that we’ll be making the very most of the time to help deliver an East Suffolk Line that is fit for the future.”

At the same time, engineers will finish installing new walkways for railway workers to ensure that essential maintenance can be carried out safely along the section of the line in the future.

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