It is hard to believe that less than 400 metres of track should make such a difference, but this week saw the introduction of the new timetable on the East Suffolk line, which links Lowestoft with Ipswich via Saxmundham. For the first time in far too long, the sixteen miles of single track which restricted the number of trains that could be run has been augmented by the Beccles loop, a passing point at Beccles station which allows an hourly service to be provided, as opposed to the two-hourly service which ran previously.
Residents of East Suffolk now have a reliable service to connect them to London at Ipswich, and to Norwich at Lowestoft, and it makes commuting by train from places like Wickham Market and Halesworth rather more attractive, hopefully taking cars off of the A12.
Ros tells me that it was something that the County Council had been lobbying for since before she joined it in 1993, so it just goes to show that persistence can pay off.
It does mean that I could take a ride out to Lowestoft should I feel so inclined one summer evening, and I might just do that...