Local rail lines to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft closed

Train lines shut as part of £68 million project to replace signals.

Train services from Norwich to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft are being replaced with buses as part of a £68 million project to replace signals on the line.

The work will continue until 28th October, until then all services will be replaced by buses. Trains between Lowestoft and Ipswich will only be running on weekdays. Network Rail and Greater Anglia say the work should improve the reliability of services on the lines once it has finished.

The train line from Reedham to Great Yarmouth via Berney Arms will be closed until early April 2019.

Until Sunday 28 October passengers travelling from Reedham and Cantley will need to catch a bus to Acle, where they can then connect with the bus to Norwich. From Monday 29 October until April 2019, passengers from Reedham and Cantley can travel by train to Brundall, where they catch the train to Norwich or Great Yarmouth. This also applies to rail passengers from Buckenham on Sundays.

One train line will be shut until early April 2019. Credit: ITV News Anglia

We apologise to customers who are inconvenienced while this work is going ahead, but we have set up the best possible alternative to make sure customers can complete their journeys. We thought long and hard to see if there was a viable alternative to closing Berney Arms from October to early April, but given the very small number of customers who use it and its inaccessibility by road, there was no other option.

James Reeve, Greater Anglia
Credit: ITV News Anglia

The next phase of this project is vital to continue to transform the railway as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. While I understand that closing the railway is an inconvenience I would like to reassure passengers that this work will deliver tangible benefits to rail journeys across the Wherry lines, increasing safety and reliability using modern signalling technology.

Melia Duymaz, Network Rail