Almost ready for rail disruption

AS THE closure of Ipswich tunnel edges closer, work to prepare Manningtree station for its role as temporary terminus for trains from London is today almost complete.

AS THE closure of Ipswich tunnel edges closer, work to prepare Manningtree station for its role as temporary terminus for trains from London is today almost complete.

A temporary 200-space car park has been created in a field beside the station and new 25 CCTV cameras have been installed to make it safer for passengers.

As part of the upgrade there is a brand new bus shelter and cycle parking area, security mirrors, a newly painted subway, a new waiting room on the Ipswich-bound platform and a new ticket window.

Mark Livock, Network Rail Project Director said: "We are very pleased to


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have been able to improve Manningtree station and make this attractive

station even more delightful."

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The improvements were scheduled to coincide with the Ipswich tunnel closure (11 July to 5 September) when many more passengers will be using the station.

The temporary car park has been created out of a field owned by Lawford Hall - but rail officials hope most passengers from Ipswich will use the special coaches from set up to link in with the trains.

It will cost £10 a day to park at Manningtree - but the Ipswich station car park will be free during the tunnel closure.

The coach link will add about 30 minutes to the average journey time between London and Ipswich - journeys between London and Ipswich will take between 90 and 105 minutes.

Although commuters may be cursing the work to make the tunnel large enough for new larger containers, the owners of the land where the car park will be developed had nothing but praise for Network Rail.

"They approached us some time ago and explained their plans. They have allowed us to cut hay there first before it became a car park, everything is fine so far as we are concerned," said Francis Nichols of Lawford Hall.

nAre you facing disruption because of the tunnel closure? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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