Tuesday 3 Oct 2017
New track installed between Norwich and London to make railway services more reliable
Work began this weekend to install new track at Kelvedon that will make services from Norwich to London more reliable for the millions of people that travel on this route every year.
Two switches and crossings units, the moveable sections of track that guide trains from one track to another and allow them to cross paths, were installed over the weekend (30 September – 1 October) and another two will be installed this coming weekend.
This follows the installation of 274 metres of new track between Stowmarket and Manningtree last month. 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 improve reliability and keep services running smoothly and safely on this busy main line as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. When complete, the work will benefit all passengers using services that pass through the Kelvedon area. I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carry out this work.”
Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, said: “We’ll make sure customers can complete their journeys while this vital work is taking place. We’ll have about 50 buses a day and extra staff at stations to make sure customers catch the right bus on each day.”
The work continues this weekend on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October and the following weekend on Sunday 15 October only. Rail replacement bus services will be in place, including a direct bus between Witham and Colchester and a separate local service which will stop at Kelvedon and Marks Tey.
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