Section 4: Beccles Road - Lowestoft Road

South of Beccles Road the road continues on an embankment, again following the profile of the old railway. The rail line crossed Shrublands Way on a single span bridge and then went into a cutting before going under further bridges at Church Road, Middleton Road and Lowestoft Road. Just south of this last road it arrived at Gorleston-on-Sea station. To allow for the new road, Shrublands Way was diverted to the south to remove the need for a bridge and the original rail bridges were replaced in sections to enable the wider dual-carriageway to pass underneath. What was a fairly peaceful walkers' route through the town is now a busy thoroughfare.

  Picture Gallery (Click on picture for larger view)
    Cutting through Gorleston
The old railway cutting, now the course of the new dual-carriageway road, wends its way from the Church Lane crossing on towards Middleton Road.
(November 10th 1985)
    Peaceful walk
The old trackbed used to be a favourite location for quiet walks. This view looks north towards the old bridge carrying Middleton Road over the railway.
(December 1st 1985)

    Church Lane bridge, looking south
The original brick arch bridge over the course of the old railway awaits its inevitable fate.
(December 1st 1985)

    Shrublands Way
The sharp bends carrying Shrublands Way under the now removed railway bridge can be seen in this view looking west towards Beccles Road.
(December 1st 1985)
    Church Lane bridge, looking north
The apparent calm in the centre of Gorleston can be sensed in this view of the original Church Lane bridge over the trackbed. The tubular steel footbridge can also be seen.
(January 12th 1986)
    Where the trains once ran
A view taken from the railway embankment of the missing bridge over Shrublands Way shortly before work started on the new road.
(May 5th 1991)
    Work starts in earnest
The stretch of old trackbed between Middleton Road and Lowestoft Road is cleared and widened ready for road construction.
(May 28th 1991)
    Church Lane bridge replacement
The original bridge was removed and replaced one half at a time allowing traffic to be kept flowing while work was in progress.
(April 5th 1992)
    New embankment
Looking north from the Church lane bridge the new embankment rises to the level required to cross Beccles Road.
(April 5th 1992)
    Dual-carriageway to Great Yarmouth
Looking north from the location of the old Lowestoft Road bridge the new road is almost ready for opening.
(September 1993)
  Other route sections:

Section 1: Vauxhall station - Breydon Bridge
Section 2: Breydon Bridge construction
Section 3: Breydon Bridge - Beccles Road
Section 5: Lowestoft Road - Middleton Road junction