Three quotations are taken from the leaflets distributed at the public open exhibition held at the Trimley Sports and Social Club on Thursday 3rd November 2016.
Visitors to the exhibition were invited to respond to these plans and asked to submit comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by 2nd December 2016. This consultation was just the start of a long process of consultations and legal formalities that have lead to the works starting in 2018.
For the latest information on the plans visit - www.networkrail.co.uk/felixstowebranchline from where you can download a copy of the plans (Indicative Permanent and Temporary Works Area)
For those readers, who are not able to visit the area in person, there follows a FTW photographic record of the key points of interest. The original photographs were taken on the weekend of 5th Nov. 2016 on a gentle walk cross country starting at Trimley Station and ending at Thorpe Lane level crossing. Alongside those are later ones taken at the end of February 2018 showing how the works have progressed. Further photographs will be added from time to time.
But first a selection of photographs taken by Tom Hatrick (Trimley Station Adopter) showing the most up to date views in early November 2018
Now onto others taken before the works started and later
Trimley station level crossing (proposed to remain open) Nov. 2016
Trimley station looking towards Ipswich from the footbridge Feb. 2018
Cordys Lane at the start of the footpath to Keepers Cottage (will be upgraded to a Bridleway) Nov.2016
Further along the footpath showing new fences installed Feb. 2018
The footpath approaching Keepers Cottage (will be upgraded to a Bridleway) Nov 2016
More new fencing Feb. 2018
The corner at Keepers Cottage looking north towards Keepers Lane level crossing Nov. 2016
Keepers Lane level crossing (proposed closure) Nov. 2016
And how the new bridleway is looking in Feb. 2018
View across the fields where a new bridleway will be created running from Keepers Lane level crossing (south side) towards Grimstone Hall cottages Nov. 2016
Track cleared of vegitation ready for the works to start Feb. 2018
Footpath scheduled to be upgraded to bridleway - looking back towards Keepers Lane level crossing Nov. 2016
Gun Lane Level crossing (proposed closure) Nov. 2016
Gun Lane level crossing looking in the direction of Ipswich to illustrate the bend in the line Nov. 2016
Grimston Lane level crossing (proposed closure) with Thorpe Lane level crossing visible 120 yards away. Nov. 2016
Thorpe Lane level crossing (proposed to remain open) with Grimston Lane level crossing visible 120 yards away . Nov. 2016
Grimstone Hall level crossing looking towards Ipswich Feb. 2018
Junction of Grimston Lane (to the left) and Thorpe Lane (to the right) Nov. 2016