Approximately 2 miles of track in the vicinity of Brampton station will be renewed the last week of October as part of a project to improve reliability on the East Suffolk Line. Almost 3500 steel and 700 concrete sleepers are being replaced as part of the scheme.
In addition, the level crossing on Station Road will be fitted with an improved deck for vehicles; tactile paving, handrails, fencing and new signage will be installed for pedestrians. Three pedestrian foot crossings in the vicinity of Brampton station will also receive new decks and associated upgrade works to improve the surface for those crossing the railway.
At the same time the northbound platform at Saxmundham will be refurbished.
The work is planned to begin on Saturday 24 October and last until the early hours of Monday 2 November. A rail replacement bus service will operate from Saxmundham to Lowestoft from 24/10 to 1/11 to allow engineers to safely complete the project.
Passengers are advised to check before travelling and allow extra time as the replacement bus journey will take longer than the rail service.
Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia said: “We’re continuing our programme of essential track renewal works to maintain the track and replace worn out sections to improve reliability.
“Closing a line for over a week is always going to be inconvenient for those who wish travel, for which I apologise, but overall, it is less disruptive for passengers to close a line for 10 days rather than closing the railway over many weekends.”
Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, said: “We know engineering works are inconvenient for passengers, but this essential work will help improve punctuality and reliability for customers on the East Suffolk Line.
A rail replacement bus service will run between Lowestoft and Saxmundham to ensure customers are able to complete their journeys. We would like to thank customers for their patience and understanding while this work takes place.”