Track renewal means better train journeys between Ipswich and Cambridge

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Ipswitch track work at night
Credit: Network Rail

Rail passengers between Ipswich, Ely and Cambridge will benefit from a more reliable service thanks to a programme of track renewals which start on 18th July.

Engineers will replace nearly four miles of track between Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds to improve reliability which will mean fewer delays and cancellations for passengers.

Tracks get worn out from constant use every day. Network Rail carries out inspections and repairs regularly but over time the track gets so worn that a full replacement is the only option to avoid temporary speed restrictions (TSRs) being put in place.

The work will take place on weekends from Saturday 18th July 2020 until Sunday 27th September with follow up work taking place on Sunday 4th October.

The work will affect train services between Stowmarket and Ely / Cambridge.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, said: “This work is a vital part of our maintenance programme to keep the track in top condition and reduce the number of delays and cancellations owing to track faults. This will improve reliability and maintain safety for our passengers.”

Travel information

Line affectedWeekend DatesTravel Information
   
Ipswich to Ely / Cambridge via Bury St EdmundsSaturday 18 to Sunday 19 JulyBus replacement between Stowmarket and Ely, and Stowmarket and Cambridge North
Saturday 25 to Sunday 26 JulyBus replacement between Bury St Edmunds and Ely, and Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge North Sat and between Stowmarket and Ely, and Stowmarket and Cambridge North
Saturday 1 to Sunday 2 AugustBus replacement between Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds
Sunday 9 August
Sunday 16 AugustBus replacement between Ipswich and Ely, and Ipswich and Cambridge North
Sunday 23 AugustBus replacement between Bury St Edmunds and Ely/ Cambridge North
Sunday 30 AugustBus replacement between Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds
Saturday 5 to Sunday 6 September
Saturday 12 to Sunday 13 SeptemberBus replacement between Ipswich and Stowmarket all day Sat. Bus replacement between Ipswich and Norwich/ Bury St Edmunds all day Sun
Saturday 19 to Sunday 20 SeptemberBus between Ipswich and Norwich/ Bury St Edmunds all weekend
Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 September
Sunday 4 October
Line affectedWeekend DatesTravel Information
Norwich to London

(Ipswich to Needham Market)

Sunday 30 AugustBus between Ipswich and Norwich/ Bury St Edmunds
Saturday 5 to Sunday 6 September
Saturday 12 to Sunday 13 SeptemberSaturday: Bus replacement between Ipswich and Stowmarket all day.

Sunday: Bus replacement between Ipswich and Norwich/ Bury St Edmunds all day Sun

Saturday 19 to Sunday 20 SeptemberBus between Ipswich and Norwich/ Bury St Edmunds all weekend
Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 September
Sunday 4 October

 

Passengers should check National Rail Enquiries for the latest information.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Network Rail should also upgrade the Ipswich-Cambridge line that is single track from Kennett to Dullingham and Cambridge to be upgraded to double track. And to upgrade the line from Kennett to Ely passing through Soham where a new railway station is to be built at Soham which could increase the capacity for freight trains travelling to/from Port of Felixstowe and Greater Anglia local trains operating on the Ipswich-Peterborough via Ely service. Which the new station should be completed and opened next year.

  2. I totally agree. The Ipswich to Cambridge and Ipswich to Ely Lines should be fully upgraded to double track with a new station at Soham to be built.

  3. There was a plan to double the line from Soham to Ely, but this now seems to be on hold, along with the improvements to Ely North Junction….

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