Richard Schofield, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “This autumn and winter will see some of the biggest and most crucial changes on this route in years, helping improve passenger and freight services for everyone in the region.
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He added: “For as long as we can remember Jim would come to the depot and take photos of buses and offer advice on routes and what we should be doing and he always got it right.
It was a pleasure for us to receive his assistance.”Mr Speed and four other staff members from First Eastern Counties attended his funeral at Seven Hills Crematorium in Nacton yesterday afternoon.“We are attending as a company and we are attending because Jim was a nice bloke and a mate more than anything,” he added.
Passengers travelling between Norwich and Liverpool Street are being advised to travel via Cambridge and check their routes before they leave during eight weeks of work to tackle “heat related” speed restrictions.
The line between Shenfield and Liverpool Street will be closed every weekend from September 17 to November 6.The work is preparing the way for the introduction of the new Crossrail service – and installing new electrification equipment between Shenfield and London.Once complete, it will enable trains to run smoothly through Shenfield and pave the way for work to begin in achieving the target of Norwich in 90.Mr Long passed his driving test in a milk float and he worked for Lucas Service in Hadleigh Road Industrial Estate for more than 40 years.In line with Mr Long’s wishes, all of his archives will be donated to the Ipswich Transport Museum.I’d like to thank passengers for their understanding while we carry out the work and my advice is to check how their journeys will be affected before they travel so they can plan ahead.”Jamie Burles, managing director for Abellio Greater Anglia, said: “We understand the significant impact engineering works has on our customers’ journeys and we thank them for their patience and understanding.