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Nine-day overhaul of East Suffolk line complete

Network Rail has completed its major renewals in the vicinity of Brampton station on the East Suffolk line to improve reliability.

Track replacement on the East Suffolk line has been completed following a nine-day closure of the line.

Three kilometres of track were renewed near Brampton station, along with 3500 steel and 700 concrete sleepers. The level crossing on Station Road in Brampton was also improved, with a new deck where vehicles cross, tactile paving, handrails, fencing and signage.

Decks were also replaced at three nearby pedestrian foot crossings, improving the surface for those crossing the railway on foot.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia said: “We’ve successfully carried out important track upgrades in the Brampton area to improve reliability of the train service for passengers using the East Suffolk Line. We have also used this closure to complete other key improvements to level crossings and the station to avoid separate future closures. I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carried out this work.”

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia’s Managing Director, said: “This work was essential to help improve reliability and punctuality. We would like to thank customers for their patience and understanding while this work was carried out.

“We are working with Network Rail to transform and modernise the railway in the region and our new trains have been running on the East Suffolk Line since last year.”

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews


Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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