Tuesday 27 Jan 2004


Region & Route:
| Southern
Four Sundays into the £5 million rail replacement programme between Shenfield and Chelmsford and 1,650 yards of track has been relayed.  That’s 4,950 feet.  We have already passed the height of Ben Nevis and are aiming to reach the height of the Matterhorn in the Alps over the next few weeks. All of the work has been completed on schedule and Mick Maloney, Network Rail Track Renewals Manager is happy with the progress.  He said:  “This job has been planned carefully so each Sunday we lay the maximum amount of track possible, but are still able to clear up, get our machinery off the track in time for peak Monday morning passenger services.”      There are 15 weeks of this renewal programme remaining.  In that time Network Rail will have invested £5 million and replaced around five miles of track.  This investment in rebuilding our railway will improve the performance and reliability of the track, thus delivering a better service for passengers.

Contact information

Passengers / community members
Network Rail national helpline
03457 11 41 41

Latest travel advice
Please visit National Rail Enquiries

Network Rail press office - South East route
020 3357 7969

About Network Rail

We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.

Usually, there are almost five million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.

Follow us on Twitter: @networkrail
Visit our online newsroom: www.networkrailmediacentre.co.uk