Suffolk: �4m boost for rail services in region unveiled
IPSWICH/BECCLES: Work starts today on a project which will result in the best-ever rail service between the two largest towns in Suffolk.
Network Rail is to formally start work on the Beccles loop – a 390-metre length of double track through the north Suffolk station.
Revealing the new project, county councillor Guy McGregor, portfolio holder for transport, gave a speech unveiling the plans.
That will mean trains on the East Suffolk line will be able to pass there – and from December there will be trains every hour between Ipswich and Lowestoft.
The �4million project has largely been funded by Network Rail, but Suffolk County Council contributed �1million and rail operator Greater Anglia and Waveney council have also helped with the scheme.
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The loop will not bring Beccles station back to its glory days of the 1940s and 1950s when it was a major rail junction with routes heading to Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth, and Tivetshall on the main line to Norwich. However it will bring a disused platform back into use – and is seen as a major boost to the town.
Dave Ward, Network Rail route managing director, said: “Enabling more services will mean that people living along the East Suffolk Line will be better connected to the main line.”
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Mr McGregor, said: “I am delighted that the project is going ahead and that all our hard work has paid off.”
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