Brampton Track Replacement and Improvements Completed

Track replacement at Brampton Station October 2020
New track at the level crossing at Brampton station October 2020

Network Rail has completed a nine-day project at and near Brampton station to help deliver punctuality and reliability improvements along the East Suffolk Line.

The line was closed from Lowestoft to Saxmundham between 24 October and 1 November; the closure enabled Network Rail to replace two miles of jointed track with continuously welded track; this helps to reduce noise, provides a smoother ride and causes less wear and tear on train wheels; 3500 steel and 700 concrete sleepers were also installed.

The level crossing on Station Road was improved with a new deck, tactile paving handrails, fencing and signage. Decks were also replaced at three nearby pedestrian crossings to improve the surface for those crossing the railway on foot.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia said: “We’ve successfully carried out important track upgrades in the Brampton area to improve reliability of the train service for passengers using the East Suffolk Line. We have also used this closure to complete other key improvements to level crossings and the station to avoid separate future closures. I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carried out this work.”

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia’s Managing Director, said: “This work was essential to help improve reliability and punctuality. We would like to thank customers for their patience and understanding while this work was carried out.

“We are working with Network Rail to transform and modernise the railway in the region and our new trains have been running on the East Suffolk Line since last year.”