Network Rail completes improvement works on East Suffolk Line

4 November 2020 (Last Updated November 4th, 2020 10:58)

The UK’s Network Rail has completed a work programme on the East Suffolk Line to improve service reliability.

Network Rail completes improvement works on East Suffolk Line
Brampton East Suffolk Line track 5. Credit: Network Rail.

The UK’s Network Rail has completed a work programme on the East Suffolk Line to improve service reliability.

The programme involved replacing around 3km of track near Brampton station, as well as 3,500 steel and 700 concrete sleepers. The level crossing on Station Road in Brampton was also upgraded.

The scope of works also included replacing decks at three nearby pedestrian foot crossings.

Network Rail Anglia route director Ellie Burrows said: “We’ve successfully carried out important track upgrades in the Brampton area to improve the reliability of the train service for passengers using the East Suffolk Line.

“We have also used this closure to complete other key improvements to level crossings and the station to avoid separate future closures. I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carried out this work.”

The line was closed for nine days to enable the improvement works.

Greater Anglia managing director Jamie Burles said: “This work was essential to help improve reliability and punctuality. We would like to thank customers for their patience and understanding while this work was carried out.”

Network Rail owns and develops the railway infrastructure in the UK. It includes 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts, along with stations, signals and level crossings.

Last week, the company announced that the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) had verified its plans to reduce carbon emissions devised in line with the Paris Agreement.

The plan seeks to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emission by 46% by 2029.