Completion of the passing loop at Beccles will allow an hourly service from this December. The project consists of more than the installation of the second track and involves bringing the old centre platform back into use.
Passengers traveling southbound will be able to access the reinstated platform using the existing footbridge; a new ramp from the bridge to the platform is being constructed on land on the east side of Beccles station. The platform will have new lighting, a brand new waiting shelter, and real time information screen.
Northbound trains to Oulton Broad and Lowestoft will use the existing platform which will benefit from minor improvements to be carried out by Greater Anglia.
These projects will be complete in time for the launch of the hourly service, but discussions are underway to bring further improvements to the station forecourt, platforms, and parking facilities with an aim to deliver these addtional enchancements in 2013.
The £4 million dollar scheme was funded by Network Rail with £910,000 of that coming from Suffolk County Council.