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East Suffolk Line Bridge Engineering Work 'May Over-Run' - 5797/10125
Written by Lee on Friday, 15th February 2008

Network Rail has warned that engineering work to a railway swing bridge in Suffolk may over-run (link below.)

Repairs are being carried out to the structure which takes trains on the East Suffolk Line over Lake Lothing at Oulton Broad, near Lowestoft.

The week-long programme was due to be completed before the first timetabled trains run on Saturday morning.

However, Craig Bowman, from Network Rail, said site managers were unable to say if the deadline would be met.

He said:

[quote]"It may over-run until 1200 GMT on Saturday.

"We have got replacement buses on standby in case that does happen, but the site manager will have to decide overnight whether they will need to over-run.

"We can never be 100% certain until the end of the contract, but it could be finished on time."[/quote]

Mr Bowman added that the work to replace worn out parts of the bridge would improve reliability for trains and boats sailing from Lowestoft to the broads.

Re: East Suffolk Line Bridge Engineering Work 'May Over-Run' - 5797/10160
Written by Lee on Sunday, 17th February 2008

The engineering works did indeed overrun (link below.)

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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