Work has started to build a passing loop to enable more frequent services to run between Ipswich and Lowestoft, Network Rail revealed yesterday.
The £4M scheme, jointly funded by Network Rail and Suffolk County Council, will pay for a disused platform to be brought back into use at Beccles station along with track and signalling works as part of a wider £21M project to resignal the East Suffolk Line.
Currently, train services between Ipswich and Lowestoft run every two hours. There is a single track between Halesworth and Oulton Broad, meaning that trains cannot pass each other for more than 28km. The new loop will increase the frequency to every hour from December, subject to Network Rail carrying out any necessary level crossing works.
“This investment will make a huge difference to people living in the area and is part of our wider plans to build a bigger and better railway,” said Network Rail route managing director Dave Ward. “Enabling more services will mean that people living along the East Suffolk Line will be better connected to the main line. We are investing around £1bn across the Anglia route to run a better and more reliable train service for passengers.”