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Trains from King's Lynn, Watlington, Downham Market, Littleport and Ely return to normal after five days of disruption for passengers

Two Great Northern line trains on the platform at Downham Market station. Picture: Ian Burt

Two Great Northern line trains on the platform at Downham Market station. Picture: Ian Burt

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Trains are running as normal in West Norfolk, after five days of disruption.

All services were cancelled between Monday and Friday to allow repairs to take place on a bridge near Littleport.

Trains in and out of King’s Lynn, Watlington, Downham Market and Littleport were replaced by buses, meaning longer journey times.

Great Catch Bridge, which crosses a land drain, needed to be strengthened to prevent speed restrictions being imposed on the 76 trains which cross it each days.

Network Rail said the work would help avoid future disruption to passengers.

Meliha Duymaz, its route managing director for Anglia, said: “These improvements are a vital aspect of our railway upgrade plan to provide a safe, reliable and efficient railway for passengers in the north of the region. I understand the inconvenience of the closure and I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carry out this essential work.”

Great Northern passenger services director Stuart Cheshire said: “This work by Network Rail is absolutely essential to help modernise the railway for our passengers. We have planned a comprehensive rail replacement bus service but journeys will take longer so we ask passengers to look at the revised timetable online and plan ahead.”

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