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ESTA has responded to the consultation on the Third Crossing at Lowestoft. We welcome the fact that it will cross the railway on a bridge and the line will not be cut back; and urge that the remodelling of Station Square will include bus priority measures and a shelter for southbound buses.


We also submitted comments on the East Midlands rail franchises, which includes the popular Norwich - Liverpool service.  We are opposed to any plans to split this service into two at Nottingham as this would disadvantage rail travellers to and from Norfolk and Suffolk.


Between October 30th and November 5th, ESTA members spent 60 hours surveying the foot crossing at Halesworth station, following news from Network Rail that they had conducted a camera survey in June and that people were "misusing" it. We have now sent a report to Network Rail and Greater Anglia.

There is indeed still evidence that a minority of users are crossing in front of, or behind, a stationery train and a small minority are still cycling over the crossing. In our experience the situation has improved since the summer, however. We have made two suggestions to the train operator  that would further reduce the risk.


ESTA wrote to Anglian Bus expressing concern at cutbacks in service 61, which is currently operating on a reduced frequency and only between Kessingland and the James Paget Hospital.  We have since been informed that it is intended to withdraw the service completely in January. This is the only north/south cross-town  bus service in Lowestoft, which also calls at the railway station. We urge that at least one of the operators  reinstate such a service.

Meanwhile, we welcome the improved bus/train connections at Saxmundham for Leiston and Aldeburgh and have produced our own timetable posters  now on display on our station notice boards.