East Suffolk community rail lines

Community rail line services between Ipswich, Felixstowe and Lowestoft.


East Suffolk Lines: prospectus

East Suffolk Lines: map

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The East Suffolk Lines operate from Ipswich in Suffolk to the coastal towns of Lowestoft and Felixstowe running through rural countryside. They serve a number of market towns along the route.

Route data

Region East of England
Locale Suffolk
Stations 17
Length 12 miles and 49 miles
Journey time About 26 minutes and one hour 26 minutes – one way
Route type Secondary / rural
Designation Service
Pilot project No
Designation date 3 March 2015
Partnership East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership
Operator(s) Abellio Greater Anglia

The East Suffolk Lines comprise 2 routes serving 15 stations.

The route from Ipswich to Felixstowe (26 minutes) serves:

  • Ipswich
  • Westfield
  • Derby Road
  • Trimley
  • Felixstowe

The route from Ipswich to Lowestoft (1 hour 26 minutes) serves:

  • Ipswich
  • Woodbridge
  • Melton
  • Wickham Market
  • Saxmundham
  • Darsham
  • Halesworth
  • Brampton
  • Beccles
  • Oulton Broad South
  • Lowestoft

Community rail designation

The East Suffolk Lines were designated as a community rail service by the Department for Transport in March 2015. The designation covers the passenger services between Ipswich and Felixstowe and the line, north of Westfield to Lowestoft. Apart from Ipswich, all stations on the lines are part of the designation.

Network Rail strategic route plan

The East Suffolk Line Ipswich to Lowestoft route has been identified as a rural route. The Ipswich to Felixstowe route has been identified as a secondary route within Network Rail’s East Anglia (D) strategic route plan.

The East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership

The East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership were formed in 2004 to help support and promote the line. They work closely with the East Suffolk Lines Travellers’ Association who were formed in 1972 along with Felixstowe Travel Watch to help support the line.

Published 1 March 2015