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There were no trains on the Ipswich - Lowestoft or Lowestoft - Norwich lines for six days  February 27th - March 4th. Network Rail closed these and other secondary routes in East Anglia because of the snow. Network Rail is now conducting a review of its procedures in the event of future periods of severe weather.  ESTA has made a submission to the review, saying among other things that an emergency timetable, with slower and/or less frequent trains, would be better than none at all and that the snowplough should be checked each year and kept at a more central location in the region.


ESTA has just issued the fifth edition of the leaflet "Discover the Blyth Valley" to promote the bus/train integration at Halesworth station and the very useful service X88 to Southwold. 5000 copies are being distributed and should be useful to both local people and visitors to our area.


ESTA now maintains its own noticeboards at Lowestoft Bus Station, Beccles Old Market and Woodbridge Turban Centre in addition to those at rail stations.


Following discussion at its AGM,  ESTA has written to Greater Anglia and Network Rail, three months after the fire at Saxmundham station.  We have urged improvements to its present condition (such as seating under cover) pending longer term plans to refurbish or replace the remaining part of the building.

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