Future engineering work

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See details of routes affected by planned engineering works, including when they take effect, maps of the affected area, alternative timetables, advice for alternative travel and real-time updates.

No trains between Ipswich and Stowmarket on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September

Start date
12/09/2020  00:00
End date
Route affected
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Trains between London Liverpool Street and Norwich, and also between Ipswich and Cambridge / Peterborough

TOC(s) affected
Greater Anglia

High output Ballast cleaning is taking place between Ipswich and Stowmarket all weekend, closing all lines.


Buses will replace trains between Ipswich and Stowmarket.

Consequently, a reduced Intercity service will run between London Liverpool Street and Ipswich. Connecting train services will run between Manningtree and Harwich Town, and also between Colchester and Colchester Town.


Buses will replace trains between Ipswich and Norwich, and also between Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds.

Check before you travel:

These changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

For helpful advice if you need to travel on a rail replacement service, including accessibility and bicycle information, please use this page.

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages.

Project Information:

Over time, ballast wears down and becomes rounded. The pieces of ballast then fit together less easily, reducing the ballast’s effectiveness.

Ballast cleaning removes this worn ballast, screens it and replaces the ‘dirty’ worn ballast with new angular ballast.