Tuesday 1 Aug 2017
Extra track to be installed in Lee Valley this autumn for a bigger and better railway
Work to build a new track between Stratford and Angel Road is being stepped up this autumn as part of the £170m Lee Valley Rail Programme to increase services and boost local regeneration. Network Rail and Greater Anglia are urging passengers traveling between Cheshunt and London Liverpool Street to check before they travel at weekends as trains are diverted to allow the orange army to get to work.
Trains will run, but will be diverted via Seven Sisters every weekend from Saturday 2 September until Sunday 3 December. Once complete, the extra track will enable two additional trains per hour. Improvements will also be made at Northumberland Park and Tottenham Hale stations to improve access for passengers.
Network Rail will carry out the following work as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan:
- Strengthening the River Lea rail bridge near Tottenham Hale to support the new third track
- Installing foundations for the new overhead line structures to provide power for trains using the third track
- Installing foundations for the new island platform and footbridge at Tottenham Hale station to help people move around the station easier
- Installing foundations for a new island platform at Northumberland Park to allow access to trains that will use the new track
- To make the most of the closure, track will also be renewed near Lea Bridge station as part of the track renewals programme
The work is part of the £170m Lee Valley Rail Programme, which is jointly funded by UK Government, the London Local Enterprise Partnership (now known as “LEAP”), Transport for London and Enfield Council.
Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “We are creating a bigger and better railway in North London as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. An extra track will enable more trains to run, improving connections to homes and jobs and supporting economic growth. We are also making improvements at Northumberland Park and Tottenham Hale stations to make it easier for passengers to access train services. I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carry out this work and urge people to plan ahead before travelling.”
Jamie Burles, managing director, Greater Anglia, said: “These works should provide an improved, more reliable railway for passengers on the West Anglia route. All passengers should check before they travel, and we would like to thank them for their patience and understanding.”
UK Government, LEAP, the Mayor of London, Transport for London, local authorities and Network Rail are working together to deliver benefits in the north London corridor which will improve rail services and maximise economic growth, jobs and housing opportunities. The plans will increase rail capacity on the West Anglia Main Line and accommodate proposed plans for Crossrail 2.
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 38,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.