Essential upgrades planned for Great Eastern main line

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Network Rail is planning a number of vital upgrades on the line between Norwich and London.

Works will be taking place at various points on the line between Ipswich and London at weekends from 17 October to 22 November, including:

  • The replacement of 4 switches and crossings units, which allow trains to switch from one track to another at Colchester;
  • Replacement of worn track at Manningtree;
  • At Stratford and Maryland, works will take place to upgrade the overhead line electrification with a new auto tension system that adapts to temperature changes;
  • Upgrades to the power systems between London and Shenfield as part of the preparation for the start of Elizabeth line services.

The work is necessary to reduce delays and cancellations on the busy main line, which is a vital part of Anglia’s rail network. Delays on this line have a knock-on effect on branch lines, so passengers across the region will benefit from the upgrades.

Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, Ellie Burrows, said: “The main line to London is a critical part of the rail network in the Anglia region. We’re committed to improving reliability for our passengers and these upgrades are vital to making that happen, not just between Norwich and London but also for the connecting branch lines.”

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia Manging Director, said: “These works will help to improve punctuality and performance along this vital part of the line.

“We will be running a rail replacement bus service while the work takes place. Passengers should check before they travel, allow more time for their journey and wear a face covering when travelling by train or rail replacement bus. We would like to reassure customers that we constantly monitor passenger numbers to ensure people can socially distance on buses as well as trains.

“We would like to thank customers for their patience while this work takes place.”