A pair of century-old railway swing bridges on the Norfolk Broads are set for a much-needed £900,000 revamp next week as Network Rail engineers carry out an extensive programme of repairs on the historic structures.
The bridges at Reedham and Somerleyton require regular maintenance to keep them in full working order. From Saturday October 22 to the early hours of Monday October 31, Network Rail engineers will carry out essential steel work repairs as well as signalling, plant and equipment refurbishment.
Chris Curtis, Network Rail general manager, said: “Running a twenty-first century railway on Edwardian infrastructure is a challenge but it’s a challenge we are committed to meeting.
“This essential investment is designed to make the bridges more reliable for train operators and the boating community. We recognise that the timing is not ideal for everyone but always look to minimise disruption with our works, and the half-term week is when the railway is at its quietest. Thanks go to rail and boat users in advance for their patience while our engineers carry out this important work.”
To allow engineers to work as quickly and as safely as possible, the line between Reedham and Lowestoft will be closed to trains from Saturday October 22 to Sunday 31st October, with alterations to services between Norwich and Lowestoft/Great Yarmouth.
Buses will replace trains between Norwich and Lowestoft throughout. On Saturdays and Monday to Friday a train service will run between Norwich and Reedham. Passengers from Reedham wishing to travel to Lowestoft will be able to get the train to Norwich with the connecting bus through to Lowestoft. On Sundays buses will also run between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.