Wherry Lines working, via Network Rail

Five days of reliability reinforcement works to spell community disruptions

Network Rail engineers are set to begin five consecutive days of vital reliability boosting works on the line between Norwich and Lowestoft, spelling passenger disruptions throughout the duration.

Running from Saturday 22nd April until the end of Wednesday 26th April, these works will see a plethora of futureproofing reliability improvements across two lines, including:

  • Replacing half a mile of ballast between the Sheringham branch line junction and Brundall station. The ballast has been affected by the previous flooding and hot weather from last summer.
  • Replacing over half a mile of worn-out track at Cantley.
  • Vital re-surfacing works for the level crossing around Somerleyton, ensuring safety is upheld for the local community.

The Norwich - Great Yarmouth line will also be affected on Saturday 22nd April and Sunday 23rd April.

Upon completion of the level crossing upgrades, they will house automatic barriers to ensure that those using them no longer need to contact the signaller to request their access, a process which will both boost safety standards and overall performance.

Mark Walker, Network Rail Anglia route infrastructure engineer, said:

 “This work really needs doing to keep trains running whatever the weather. In addition, we’re improving level crossings so that they continue to be safe and easy to use into the future. I’d like to thank everyone for bearing with us through the disruption and I can reassure them that we’ll be making the most of the time to deliver a high-performing railway.”

The closures to the level crossing whilst works are being conducted will affect vehicle users and pedestrians. Due to these disruptions, Network Rail is currently liaising with the affected communities to plan for and implement alternative arrangements.

Throughout this period, there will be bus replacement services available to ensure passengers are still able to get to and from their desired locations.

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, said:

“This package of engineering work is designed to ensure we keep on providing a high-quality service for customers on the Bittern and Wherry Lines. These routes are entirely served by new trains and Network Rail’s upgrade work will help us to maintain the excellent punctuality levels currently being delivered and further enhance rail travel for passengers in the region.

“Rail replacement buses will run while the work takes place, so customers can still complete their journey. We would advise people to check before they travel.

“We would like to thank customers for their patience and understanding while these works take place.”

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