Closure of Bury St Edmunds to Ipswich line this December

Ipswich and Bury St Emunds
Credit: Network Rail

Important maintenance work will be taking place on the railway between Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds during the weekend of 7th and 8th December.

This will mean no train services between Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds.

Passengers wishing to travel on Greater Anglia services between Cambridge/Peterborough and Ipswich that weekend will have to use the replacement bus service, which will call at all stations between Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds, apart from Elmswell.

The work will replace the track ballast to improve drainage on the Ipswich line.

There will be a temporary closure of Elmswell level crossing, so buses are unable to serve the station.

Passengers in the Elmswell area can use the car park at Stowmarket station free of charge for the weekend.

What did the officials say?

Dean Mtunbi, project manager at Network Rail, said:

“We’re upgrading the Ipswich line to provide a better, more efficient service for passengers.

“We want to give as much notice as possible of these essential works, so passengers can plan their journeys.

James Reeve, Greater Anglia’s Area Customer Service Manager, said:

“We would like to thank customers for their patience and understanding while this work is carried out.

“Customers who would usually travel from Elmswell can park free of charge at Stowmarket station while the work is taking place. These customers should see a member of staff at Stowmarket and give them their car registration number on the day.”

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  1. Hello Rail Advent, dare we all hope, those of us who live in these parts, that Haughley Junction just might be rebuilt into a proper twin track junction with all that work going on, it is a serious bottleneck on the system, and the new Stadler trains cannot be run to their full potential with this junction as it is. There has been stacks of work going on from Ipswich to London, and the tracks to Gt. Yarmouth and Lowestoft have been modernised, so how about the section in the middle receiving some attention. Thank You.

  2. Network Rail should upgrade the single line from Kennett to Ely to be upgraded to double track and to build a new railway station at Soham, Cambridgeshire. Since Soham last had a railway station before it closed in September 1965.


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