Passengers in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Southend advised to check before they travel this May: Installing the first new overhead wires on the Southend Victoria line

Tuesday 17 Apr 2018

Passengers in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Southend advised to check before they travel this May

Region & Route:
Anglia
Eastern

Passengers in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Southend are asked to check before they travel ahead of the two May bank holiday weekends.

Over the first bank holiday, work will be concentrated on the Southend Victoria branch line where Team Orange will replace 4km of overhead wires between Billericay and Wickford.

This is a continuation of the work to replace the old overhead wiring system with a new one which adapts automatically to heat during the summer, meaning fewer delays and cancellations. This new wiring system will also allow Greater Anglia to run their fleet of new trains with Wi-Fi, plug sockets and extra seats, from 2019 and to run more services in the future.

Over the second bank holiday, the work is concentrated on the Great Eastern Mainline at Ilford where engineers will replace a further 3km of overhead wire, following the work at Easter. This will increase reliability as part of plans to upgrade the overhead wiring system, meaning fewer delays for passengers all the way up to Norwich.

Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “We are continuing our work to transform rail services for passengers in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. While I understand that closing the line is inconvenient, it’s vital that we get these chunks of time in order to carry out these important upgrades. I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carry out this work.”

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia Managing Director, said: “We know people would rather stay on the train the whole way, but we have arranged over 400 buses during the two bank holiday weekends to make sure that customers can still complete their journeys. We’ll also have extra staff on hand help make the journey as easy as possible for passengers.”

Rail replacement services will run throughout both bank holidays and passengers are advised to check before they travel. Main line services will be unaffected on Saturday and Monday during the early May bank holiday.

Notes to Editors

Saturday 5 – Monday 7 May

Southend Victoria – Shenfield

A rail replacement service will run between Southend Victoria and Shenfield all day on Saturday 6 and Monday 7 May. On Sunday 6 May a rail replacement service will be in place from Southend Victoria to Newbury Park station for the Central line.

Sunday 6 May

Ingatestone / Billericay – London Liverpool Street

A rail replacement service will run between Ingatestone / Billericay and Newbury Park station for the Central line.

Saturday 5 – Monday 7 May

Ipswich – Felixstowe

A rail replacement service will run between Ipswich and Felixstowe from 1850 on Saturday 5 May to Monday 7 May inclusive.

Saturday 5 May – Monday 7 May

Ipswich – Woodbridge

A rail replacement service will run between Ipswich and Woodbridge from 2325 on Saturday 5 May to Monday 7 May inclusive.

 

Saturday 26 – Monday 28 May

Ingatestone / Billericay – London Liverpool Street

A rail replacement service will run between Ingatestone / Billericay and Newbury Park station for the Central line.

Saturday 26 – Monday 28 May

Ipswich – Felixstowe

A rail replacement service will run between Ipswich and Felixstowe from 1850 on Saturday 26 May to Monday 28 May inclusive.

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Journalists
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Media relations manager (Anglia route)
020 3356 2515
Katie.Mack@networkrail.co.uk

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