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Main railway line closed for next three weeks

PUBLISHED: 10:46 01 February 2020 | UPDATED: 17:05 01 February 2020

Train services between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft will be replaced with buses for the next three weeks Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

Train services between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft will be replaced with buses for the next three weeks Pictures: BRITTANY WOODMAN

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One of the main railway lines serving the region is closed for the next three weeks as Network Rail carry out a host of improvements.

As of today, February 1, no train services will be running between Norwich and Great Yarmouth, as works are carried out to modernise the Wherry Line - which will see it fully closed.

And as of Monday, services between Norwich and Lowestoft and Beccles and Lowestoft will also be replaced with buses, with disruption planned to carry on until Monday, Feburary 23.

The planned works will see 23 days of engineering on the line, which will see level crossings at Brundall, Lingwood, Strumpshaw, Cantley, Oulton Broad North and Victoria Road updated.

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It will also see the full replacement of the railway bridge at Postwick, which has come to the end of its life and track renewals at Lowestoft, Acle and Hassingham while the line has closed.

Maintenance works will also be carried out to the Reedham and Somerleyton swing bridges.

Mehlia Duymaz, Network Rail's route managing director for Anglia had previously said: "I am sorry that 23 days of engineering works will be difficult for passengers but completing these large-scale projects and maintenance in one coordinated effort will help reduce the overall amount of disruption and deliver a safer, modern and reliable railway for many years to come."

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, said: "We are sorry to customers for the inconvenience that this engineering work causes them, but we will make sure they can still complete their journeys, even if some of it is by bus."

Replacement bus services will be in place across the following dates:

Saturday, February 1 until Monday, Feburary 17: Between Norwich and Great Yarmouth

Monday, February 3 until Monday, February 24: Between Norwich and Lowestoft

Monday, February 3 until Monday, February 17: Beccles to Lowestoft

Meanwhile, a stretch of track between Reedham and Great Yarmouth, which has been closed since October 2018, is due to be reinstated on Monday, February 24, once the work is completed.

Further details of the work can be found at Network Rail's website.

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