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Rail engineering works scheduled for Bank Holiday

Engineering works are due to take place over the Bank Holiday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Buses will replace trains on a number of routes across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex over the Bank Holiday weekend as engineering works start.

Network Rail says the Norwich to Ipswich line will be affected along with the Felixstowe branch line, there'll also be a nine day closure between Southend Victoria and Wickford.

"We can do the maximum amount of work while impacting the fewest number of people. Sometimes a closure is the only way we can carry out major work like replacing track or improvements to overhead electric lines. We always work closely with train companies to minimise disruption. While a lot of the network will be open, if you are thinking about travelling, please plan ahead by checking with your train operator or visiting the National Rail Enquiries website."

– Meliha Duymaz, Route Managing Director, Network Rail

Greater Anglia: Saturday 25 May to Monday 27 May Buses will replace trains between Ipswich and Norwich. Buses will replace trains between Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds.

Saturday 25 May to Tuesday 28 May Buses will replace trains between Ipswich and Felixstowe Town.

Saturday 25 May to Sunday 2 June Buses will replace trains between Southend Victoria and Wickford.

"Together with Network Rail, we're transforming the railway in East Anglia, to make it more reliable. We apologise to customers inconvenienced by this work and thank them for their continuing patience. We'd advise customers to check before they travel on our website or app to find out details of revised timetables and rail replacements."

– Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia Managing Director

On the roads, an RAC survey suggests 22 million leisure trips have been planned between Friday and Monday, leading to "some extensive jams".

This is eight million more than the late May bank holiday weekend last year and is the most since the RAC began asking drivers about their bank holiday travel plans.

Getaways are expected to peak on Saturday with 6.6 million trips, according to the RAC survey of 1,709 UK drivers.

Highways England said it is removing more than 700 miles of roadworks ahead of the weekend, meaning 97% of motorways and major A-roads in England will be free of cones.