Network Rail is set to begin the next stage of railway signalling system modernisation works on the Norwich, Yarmouth and Lowestoft railway lines.

The upgrade works form part of the company’s wider £68m investment programme and are scheduled to begin next week.

Network Rail Anglia route managing director Meliha Duymaz said: “This is a significant project that will not only transform rail travel for passengers in this region, but also bring benefits for motorists and pedestrians.

“This is a significant project that will not only transform rail travel for passengers in this region, but also bring benefits for motorists and pedestrians.”

“We are working to provide a sustainable and efficient railway, which uses modern technology to improve safety and reliability as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.”

The scope of work includes the installation of 66 new colour-light LED signals, 22 power-operated points and a remote, computer-based signalling control solution that is intended to replace the current levers and manually operated systems.

The physically operated level crossings will be upgraded to a modern barrier-type, remotely controlled system following the upgrade work, which will be operated by a signaller using CCTV cameras.

Greater Anglia managing director Jamie Burles said: “This is important work to modernise the railway in East Anglia, which will improve reliability.

“We know our customers would rather travel by train, but during engineering works we will still make sure that customers can complete their journeys by organising rail replacement buses.”

A total of four level crossings are scheduled to be temporarily closed along the route on selected days as a result of the upgrade works.