Wednesday 29 Oct 2003


Region & Route:
| Southern
More than 30 million passenger journeys are made on the West Anglia route out of Liverpool Street Station every year.  These passengers will now benefit from Network Rail’s successful completion of its £184m West Anglia Route Modernisation project. Wednesday 29 October 2003 marks the end of a four-year long project which has modernised 202 kms of signalling system from Liverpool Street Station to Stansted Airport, including the lines to Chingford, Enfield Town and Hertford East. Mark Phillips Network Rail Regional Director said: “Network Rail has delivered this project on time and to budget.  It was a challenging upgrade as the line is a busy commuter and airport express route.  This massive investment has brought this stretch of line into the 21st century, with performance and reliability already showing signs of improvement.” 341 new signals were installed and the control of 16 signal boxes and 11 level crossings have been transferred to Network Rail’s state-of-the-art signalling control centre near Liverpool Street Station.  A further 19 railway crossings were also upgraded.  Track renewals and overhead line work was completed, TPWS installed, power cables upgraded and platforms extended.  - more -Success – 1 The project involved 43 stations and was split into six stages, all of which were completed on time.  With the help of the train operating companies, WAGN and Stansted Express, disruption was kept a minimum as a whole fleet of well publicised replacement coaches operated during closures. Mark Evans, WAGN Route Director said: “We thank passengers for the patience they have show during this project. Network Rail has delivered this project on time and our trains are now running on a route with an up to date signalling system which will improve performance and reduce delays to WAGN services.”             Safety and performance are Network Rail’s top priorities and the WARM project has ensured that the West Anglia route remains safe and is reliable for many years to come.

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