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Network Rail announces six-month plan of improvements

Network Rail has announced a huge package of improvement work across the region’s rail network to improve reliability.

The work will take place on regional and main lines and will focus on improving the number of trains on time and reducing delays because of problems such as signal failures, track and overhead wires faults.

Over the next six months, Network Rail’s engineers will carry out the following

Network Rail maintenance (36790259)
Network Rail maintenance (36790259)

Over the next six months, Network Rail’s engineers will carry out the following work as part of the improvement package:

  • Track renewal and resignalling work on the Clacton on Sea branch line
  • Renew track near Elmswell on the Ipswich to Bury St Edmunds line from July to September
  • Renew track at Colchester and Needham Market on the Norwich to London mainline
  • Renew track at Somerleyton
  • Replace the overhead wires at Stratford
  • Transport for London (TfL) works to lengthen platforms 16 and 17 at Liverpool Street
  • Network Rail works for the Crossrail programme will continue with station upgrades taking place at Ilford and Romfordd.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail route director for Anglia, said: “I know passengers want to see improvements to the rail network in Anglia and we’ve planned in a package of work to do just that. We have tried to minimise the impact on journeys by grouping projects together where we can but this amount of work simply cannot be carried out without some closures.

“I also know that passengers like to know how their journeys are going to be affected in good time and that’s why we’ve announced this package of works scheduled for the next six months, which should help people to plan ahead more easily. While the government advice is still to only use public transport if absolutely necessary, I hope this information will be crucial as and when restrictions are lifted.”

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director said: “It is important Network Rail carries out this work to make our railway more reliable. We will make sure that passengers can always complete their journeys, even if part of it is by rail replacement bus.

“We would remind customers to wear face coverings if they have to travel on all forms of public transport including our trains and rail replacement buses."

There will be rail replacement buses and changes to timetables while work takes place.

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