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Rail passengers advised to check before they travel ahead of bank holiday

As people prepare for the bank holiday, Network Rail is advising passengers to plan their journeys in advance.

Work will be taking place across the Anglia route during the bank holiday weekend which includes:

  • Renewing switches and crossings – movable sections of rail that guide trains from one track to another – and track maintenance between Ipswich and Norwich/Bury St Edmunds
  • Upgrading the track, switches and crossings at Stowmarket
  • Track renewals at east Suffolk– increasing the reliability, safety and performance of the crossovers
Network Rail spring bank holiday engineering works (10795064)
Network Rail spring bank holiday engineering works (10795064)

Making significant capacity improvements on the Felixstowe branch line to allow more container traffic to move on the line each day to and from the port of Felixstowe

Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “We recognise there is never an ideal time to shut the railway for our must-do work, but bank holidays are the least disruptive time to do it, when fewer passengers use the railway compared to the working week.

“We can do the maximum amount of work while impacting the fewest number of people. Sometimes a closure is the only way we can carry out major work like replacing track or improvements to overhead electric lines. We always work closely with train companies to minimise disruption.”

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, said: “Together with Network Rail, we’re transforming the railway in East Anglia to make it more reliable. We apologise to customers inconvenienced by this work and thank them for their continuing patience.”

Passengers are advised to check their journey with their train operator or www.nationalrail.co.uk before travelling.

Rail replacement bus services will operate on some routes.

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