Tuesday 17 Oct 2017
More reliable rail services between Norwich and London following installation of new track
Work to install new track at Kelvedon, Essex was completed this weekend and will make services from Norwich to London more reliable for the millions of people that travel on the route every year.
Over the last three weekends, Network Rail engineers have been working to replace four switches and crossings units, the moveable sections of track that guide trains from one track to another and allow them to cross paths. This follows the installation of 274 metres of new track between Stowmarket and Manningtree in September.
Over time, track becomes worn from constant use, especially on the busy main line, and needs to be replaced to keep services on the move to improve reliability.
Ballast, the stones that form the track bed, was also replaced to improve drainage and keep the track in place. This keeps the track in good condition resulting in fewer delays and smoother journeys for passengers.
Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “This work is essential to keep services running smoothly and safely every day on the busy mainline. We’ve replaced the worn track as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan to improve reliability for all passengers using services between Norwich and London. I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carried out this work.”
Jamie Burles, managing director of Greater Anglia, said: "We appreciate that engineering works is an inconvenience to our customers, but this work is essential to make the railway more reliable now and in the future. Even when there is engineering works, we ensure that our customers are able to complete their journeys, even if part of it is by bus."
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.