Marks Tey - Bures - Sudbury
Rail Line (2019)
I apologise for the lack of content
on these rail pages since 2017
Unfortunately, Persimmon decided to build an estate at the rear
of my property which completely obliterated my view of the Branch
Before they arrived, I had a clear view of the line and the Mount
Bures crossing from my rear garden and windows.
I could also hear what was using the line, especially at night with
track machines and ballast trains
Thanks to Persimmon, I can see or hear nothing.
Parking charges introduced at £3 per day
Commuters avoiding this, by now parking in side-streets
On the 9th August at 10am, only 8 vehicles on site
New Greater Anglia Stadler rolling
stock was scheduled to be running on the branch line during 2019
Latest announcement :-August 2019
The first of the new Stadler bimode
trains have entered service on Wherry Line routes between Norwich,
Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth within the last two weeks -
and they have been well-received by passengers.
However the testing procedure for each unit, and the training that
is needed for drivers and conductor/guards,
is so comprehensive that it takes a long time to get them ready
to put into service.
A spokeswoman for Greater Anglia said it would be the early months
of next year,
before the new trains were operating on all the company's rural
and regional routes.
Due to very High Winds in the region of 45/50 mph, Branch Line closed
New Rail depot at
Greater Anglia has been
forced to look at alternative options for its
planned depot in Brantham, Suffolk, due to problems with access
and the frequency of trains on a nearby level crossing.
In February 2017, Greater
Anglia announced it would build a new depot on the site a
former Imperial Chemical Industries factory in Brantham off
the Great Eastern Main Line east of Manningtree station. Planned
to open in 2018, it was to be the home depot for Greater Anglia's
new fleet of Class 745 and Class 755 Stadler Fleet. It is
being built by Taylor Woodrow.[ In April 2018 construction
was halted after the council raised concerns about frequent
train moves blocking a level crossing.
Work had already begun
at the site, with demolition and initial groundwork underway
at the former chemical plant, but this has now ground to a
halt as Greater Anglia looks to resolve its issues.
There are currently only
a limited number of times that the level crossing is allowed
to close its gates, but the increase in rail traffic caused
by the depot would mean increasing that number, which is not
currently permitted because of the traffic flow issues it
As of July 2019 Greater
Anglia obtained planning permission from Tendring Council
to construct the depot on the outskirts of Harwich between
Dovercourt and Harwich International.
The depot will provide joys for between eight and 12 engineers
to support the Bombardier Aventra trains that are due to be
introduced towards the end of 2019. Maintenance and servicing
is expected to occur mostly overnight and the depot will be
equipped with a wheel lathe to address flatspots.
Service disrupted for an entire
day, as no other unit was available maintain the schedule