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Norwich to London bank holiday travel to be hit by engineering work

PUBLISHED: 06:30 23 August 2011

A cow was struck by a train near Breydon Water.

A cow was struck by a train near Breydon Water.

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Norwich City fans could be among a number of people facing longer journey times, with as many as four changes between Norwich and London Liverpool Street this bank holiday weekend because of engineering work.

People are being advised to travel between Norwich and London via Kings Cross and Cambridge.

Replacement buses will be put in place on the Great Eastern mainline between Stowmarket and Ipswich on Saturday evening, Sunday and Monday evening.

There will also be buses between Ingateston and Newbury Park on Sunday and Monday, meaning on Sunday travellers could face a journey of more than three-and-a-half hours with four changes.

Passengers will also have to get in and out of the capital from Newbury Park by London Underground on Sunday and Monday.

Norwich fans returning from the Premier League match against Chelsea on Saturday evening could be affected as the work starts at 6pm.

There will also be engineering work and replacement bus services between Ipswich, Woodbridge and Felixstowe.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “This bank holiday, in some parts of the country, work is ongoing – just like any other weekend – to improve the network and benefit the travelling public.

“On the Great Eastern mainline, we are continuing with our £200m project to completely replace the outdated 1950s overhead lines which will reduce delays and remove the need for speed restrictions in hot weather, such as were experienced earlier in the year.

“Regular passengers will understand the importance of this work.”

He added: “The rail network is open for business this bank holiday weekend with around 95pc of services running compared to a normal weekend.

“Over the last few years there has been a significant reduction in the number of replacement buses running at bank holidays – since 2009 there has been a decline of 34.4pc.”

A National Express East Anglia spokesman said customers were advised to check their journey before they travel.

“National Express East Anglia and Network Rail apologise for any inconvenience caused by these works,” she added.

She said that passengers from Norwich could travel by train via Cambridge.

Matt Juler, of the Capital Canaries committee said that when the Great Eastern Mainline is part-closed between London and Norwich, they advised fans to travel via Cambridge.

He said that by splitting the purchase of their tickets, fans could get a group save promotion.

But, he said, people needed to travel in groups of four.

For more information people can check amended timetable information at stations, log on to www.nationalexpresseastanglia.com or call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.

For a live update twitter feed go to www.edp24.co.uk/business.

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