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Record passenger numbers on East Suffolk train services

PUBLISHED: 17:51 20 June 2018

Ipswich train station Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Ipswich train station Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

More people than ever before are travelling on the rail lines in East Suffolk, new figures reveal.

A record number of customers used Greater Anglia services between Ipswich and Lowestoft and Ipswich and Felixstowe last year.

The annual passenger total on these lines has hit a new high of 471,000 – an increase of 15% over the last five years.

Greater Anglia released the figures ahead of the second ever Suffolk Day, on June 21.

Neil Grabham, the operator’s area customer service manager, said: “We’ve been making improvements to stations and trains and offering frequent services and great value fares, and this along with the dedication and focus of the East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership, is helping our local rail lines to thrive, connecting people and communities across the county.”

Recent upgrades have included a new waiting shelter and heritage station signage at Beccles and the restoration of Wickham Market station.

Martin Halliday, community rail officer, said: “The East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership are thrilled that passenger journeys continue to increase and proud to partner with Greater Anglia to extol the delights to be found by rail in Suffolk.”

“There is so much for people to explore as the lines from Ipswich link to areas of outstanding natural beauty, industrial and maritime heritage, traditional seaside resorts and family attractions.”

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