Tuesday 20 Jan 2004

NETWORK RAIL INVESTING IN C2C ROUTE

Region & Route:
South East
Anglia
Eastern
Southern
Over the next few months Network Rail is ploughing resources and investment into the c2c route.  Different parts of the line will be closed on Sunday’s to enable engineers to relay track and maintain the infrastructure. Mark Phillips, Network Rail Regional Director said:  “Access to the line to maintain and renew our assets is imperative and although may cause some disruption, the short term pain is far outweighed by the long term gain.” Every Sunday, engineers will be able to work on the line for 27 hours, from the early hours of Sunday morning until the early hours of Monday.  Work includes: ·        Laying new track ·        Stressing the track – to ensure it is suitability to the UK’s climate ·        Tamping to improve track alignment, foundations and drainage ·        Maintenance to Mudlands level crossing ·        Reballasting and cleaning and sorting existing ballast ·        Repair and renewal of overhead line  - more - Investing – 2 The c2c route runs from Fenchurch Street station and is frequently within the top three best performing train operating companies in the country.  Increased investment, renewals and maintenance will continue this upwards trend.  ·        On Sunday 25 January and Sunday 1 February buses will replace trains between Upminster and Laindon ·        On Sunday 8 February trains from Shoeburyness to Fenchurch Street will be diverted into Liverpool Street Station.  Buses will replace trains between Barking and Grays ·        On Sunday 15 February buses replace trains between Barking and Pitsea via Grays ·        Every Sunday in March buses replace trains between Upminster and Pitsea For further information about passenger services during the work periods, contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or consult c2c’s website, www.c2c-online.co.uk.

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