The Anonymous Widower

Congestion At Ipswich Station

Ipswich station suffers from too much traffic and not enough platforms

This set of pictures was taken as I changed trains for Felixstowe, at around 12:00

In the short time, I was there, I saw the following trains go through the station.

  • A Norwich to London Express.
  • A London to Norwich Express
  • A very long freight train.
  • A train arrive from Lowestoft and wait in Platform 1.
  • My train arrived from Felixstowe.

What made matters worse was a light engine sitting on the avoiding line between the two main lines.

I took these pictures later on my return from Felixstowe.

The two sets of pictures illustrate some of the problems at Ipswich station.

  1. There is a large number of freight and passenger trains, that go through the station.
  2. The platforms available for services to Cambridge, Felixstowe, Lowestoft, Norwich and Peterborough is limited.
  3. Trains sometimes have to terminate in the Through Up Platform 2.
  4. Two long passenger trains per hour between London and Norwich, go through  in each direction.

Unfortunately, 3 and 4 interact badly with each other and this interaction will get worse with the new Flirt trains, which are longer than the current trains.

One solution would be a second bay platform, alongside the current Platform 1.

The new Greater Anglia Franchise has also had a sort out of services through Ipswich. The two most important ones that will be implemented are.

  • Peterborough-Ipswich will be hourly and continues to Colchester. So Colchester has the problem of turning the train.
  • The hourly Liverpool Street to Ipswich service will be extended to Norwich, to increase the Liverpool Street to Norwich frequency to three trains per hour.

These two changes reduce the amount of platform space needed, as these services will stop and hopefully be quickly on their way!



November 26, 2016 - Posted by | Travel | , , ,

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  1. […] morning although there was congestion later, that I wrote about in Congestion At Ipswich Station, the platform was empty long enough for me to take these […]

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