Signage slipping down the deteriorating embankment, via Network Rail

Network Rail set to regenerate embankment on East Suffolk Line

Passengers and service-users on the East Suffolk Line are set to benefit from engineering works that will fix a deteriorating embankment, Network Rail has announced.

The work will take place over 13 consecutive days between the 25th of March and the 6th of April and is needed because the top of the mile-long embankment is slipping away, meaning that important infrastructure like signalling equipment and signage is gradually falling further and further down the bank – endangering both the safety and reliability of the line.

As part of the maintenance and since there is no walkaway, Network Rail will widen the embankment to allow engineers to safely carry out the work. Completion of these renovations will also allow for the replacement of the trainline which is due for upgrades but cannot happen until the embankment is stabilised.

Greater Anglia’s Managing Director, Jamie Burles, said: “This improvement work will help make trains even more punctual along the East Suffolk Line. Our new trains are already providing a very good service on the route and this engineering work will help ensure we can continue to deliver high standards of performance on a consistent basis and provide a more comfortable journey for passengers.”

Replacement buses will run in lieu of trains between Ipswich and Saxmundham during the works apart from on the 30th of March and the 1st of April when industrial action will mean there will be neither trains nor buses on the East Suffolk Line.

Network Rail’s Anglia Route Infrastructure Engineer, Mark Walker, added: “I want to thank everyone for their patience during the recent weekend closures, and I’m sorry that passengers will now face an extended stretch of bus replacement. However, the major work on this steep, high embankment is a vital part of making the East Suffolk Line fit for the future. It will help us avoid sudden disruption or closures, and pave the way for more much-needed track replacement.”

Want to know more about the opportunities to become a key supplier to the UK rail industry? Attend TransCityRail and access an exclusive marketplace of buyers from Network Rail, HS2, Train Operators, Major Contractors, and all other tiers of the supply chain. For more information and to secure your place click here.  

RTM Mag Cover, Feb/March 23


Investing in the future of Scotland's rainforest

This issue highlights the latest topics within the rail industry, from decarbonising the Midlands, improving rail safety, meeting the future priorities of Scotland's Railway & more!                                                      


View all videos
TransCityRail Banner


South \ 28 09 23
North \ 09 11 23
Mids \ 29 02 24

TransCityRail is a series of regional, interactive and insightful events across the country bringing together leaders, collaborators, problem solvers and innovators in a creative and invigorating way.

This series of events supports and informs the whole of the rail industry and connects suppliers with buyers, specifiers, leaders and decision-makers looking to procure a wide variety of innovative products and services for their region.


Episode 37 - What does the future of transport look like

This episode of Track Talk sees a discussion with Conservative MP for Milton Keynes South Iain Stewart, Chair of the Transport Committee. The focus of this episode revolves around disruptive technologies within the rail sector, specifically the impact that the new, innovative advancements and trends might have across all modes of transport. The Transport Committee are taking proposals from people in the sector who are in the know about innovations that deserve more attention, so we have given them the platform to discuss the process and hear what the committee is looking for. 

More articles...

View all