Reliability boost for rail passengers travelling between Norwich and London this bank holiday: Overhead wire renewal on Great Eastern Mainline

Monday 14 May 2018

Reliability boost for rail passengers travelling between Norwich and London this bank holiday

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Passengers travelling on the line between Norwich and London are set to get a more punctual train service following essential railway upgrades at Ilford over the bank holiday weekend.

Between Saturday 26 to Monday 28 May, Network Rail’s Team Orange will install 3km of overhead wire between Ilford and Maryland as part of a £250m programme to upgrade the overhead wiring system between Chelmsford and London Liverpool Street. This will improve reliability and support the growing number of passengers using the Great Eastern Main Line.

The wiring system currently in place is one of the oldest in the country and work to replace the stretch between Chelmsford and Ilford has already been completed.


The new system 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 allow more trains to run in future to meet growing passenger demand.

Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “This is part of our ongoing programme to provide customers with a more reliable railway as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. The work will result in fewer delays and cancellations and will support the growing number of passengers using the Great Eastern Main Line. I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carry out this upgrade.”

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director said: “We want to run a train service that’s reliable as possible and this work will help us to do that. I know it’s inconvenient for customers who want to stay on the train all the way to their destination, but we will be running a rail replacement bus service so that they can complete their journeys, even though there is engineering works.”

Passengers are advised to check before they travel at

Notes to Editors

Saturday 26 – Monday 28 May

Ingatestone / Billericay – London Liverpool Street

A rail replacement service will run between Ingatestone / Billericay and Newbury Park 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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