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Railwatch 080 - July 1999

East Anglia

By Trevor Garrod, Nick Dibben and Peter Lawrence

Preservation action A major reopening goal was achieved in May when a diesel multiple unit service was reintroduced between Wymondham and Dereham. It has taken 25 years of campaigning - and it is 30 years since the line closed. Initially the service runs on Sundays only, with a Saturday and market day service due to be introduced as soon as practicable during the summer. For details of the Mid Norfolk service, phone the 24-hour enquiry line: 01362 690633. A feasibility study is to be carried out this year on the possibility of restoring a regular commuter service from Dereham to Norwich.

Service boostedAnglia Railways has introduced a two trains per hour service for the summer on the London-Ipswich-Norwich line.

FelixstoweRDS joined local councillors and rail officials for a cermony on 14 May heralding the completion of the £8million Felixstowe area resignalling which will allow two trains per hour in each direction to operate on the branch - one freight and one passenger train. Freight trains will now be able to operate 24 hours a day. All movements are controlled from Colchester Power Box. The extentension of the loop at Derby Road now allows two freight trains to pass.

Cambridge developments Train operator WAGN has been nominated for a cycle mark following improvements to cycle facilities at the station. RDS has responded to a discussion paper issued by the city council on future development around the station. Our comments included the suggestion that the proposed hotel should be a "rail-lodge" type rather than one designed for motorists. We also suggested that developers should be asked to contribute to additional platform capacity at the station and a new station at Chesterton Junction. If built, this station would reduce the need for parking at the main station, allowing more land for development..

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