Engineering works on Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth train lines

Monday, 16 October 2017

Rail passengers should check before they travel if they’re travelling between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft from Saturday 21 October when work is due to take place on a major modernisation plan.

Network Rail is installing a brand new signalling system on the Norwich to Great Yarmouth and Norwich to Lowestoft routes. The work will also affect some other services in north Norfolk and east Suffolk.

An intensive nine-day period of work is due to take place from Saturday 21 October to Monday 30 October.

During this period there will be changes to the normal rail service and some trains will be replaced with buses.

On the Norwich to Lowestoft line rail replacement buses will operate between 10.30 and 15.50 Monday to Friday. A normal train service will operate before and after these times.

A rail replacement bus service will run on the Norwich to Lowestoft line for the weekends of 21-23 October and 28-30 October. Train services will be suspended from late Friday until early Monday morning.

A rail replacement bus service will run between Norwich and Yarmouth from Saturday 21 October until Monday 30 October, on weekdays and at weekends.

There will be no service to Berney Arms for the whole ten days, as there are no roads to the station.

As a result of this resignalling project, the Norwich to Sheringham service will be rail replacement bus only on Sunday 22 October. There will also be a rail replacement bus service between Lowestoft and Beccles on both weekends, from 21-23 and 28-30 October.

Extra staff will be on hand at stations to make sure customers can get on the right trains or buses.

Customers should check before they travel, using the Greater Anglia website, app or Twitter to check revised timetables and journey times.

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia Managing Director, said: “This Network Rail major signalling upgrade will ultimately enable us to run a much more reliable train service.

“We appreciate it is an inconvenience for customers to have to take the bus rather than the train, but we will ensure that that all of our customers are able to complete their journeys during this period of engineering works.”