Fans Face More Rail Disruption
Monday, 18th Jul 2016 14:42
Town fans are facing more rail woe with the line between London and Ipswich closed for eight weekends from Saturday 17th September.
Engineering work means that, with the exception of some Saturday mornings, rail travellers will be forced to take buses from Witham to Newbury Park Tube station.
There will also be further disruption for 10 days over the Christmas and New Year period, the line having previously been closed at weekends between January and March.
Richard Schofield, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “This autumn and winter will see some of the biggest and most crucial changes on this route in years, helping improve passenger and freight services for everyone in the region.
“Our Railway Upgrade Plan is vital in helping deliver the new trains as part of the Crossrail construction project in 2017, and removing a long and painful speed restriction which will no longer delay trains in the heat of summer.
“While I understand the inconvenience and disruption that closing the railway causes, the initial and long-term benefits for passengers are huge and we cannot postpone the opportunity to provide a bigger and better railway for the people of East Anglia and London.
“I’d like to thank passengers for their understanding while we carry out the work and my advice is to check how their journeys will be affected before they travel so they can plan ahead.”
Jamie Burles, Abellio Greater Anglia’s managing director, added: “We understand the significant impact engineering works has on our customers’ journeys and we thank them for their patience and understanding.
“We are working very hard to provide practical and comfortable rail replacement alternatives for people wanting to travel during these times.
“Due to the complex nature of the works we would recommend that customers check their itinerary before travelling as arrangements may differ over the course of the works.”
Meanwhile, Abellio Greater Anglia are offering fans cheaper rail tickets for Town’s home games this season, including a train season ticket 50 per cent cheaper than 23 off-peak day return fares.
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