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13.05.14

Colchester £7m track upgrade to begin

A £7m track upgrade programme around Colchester station, creating more reliable services for the growing number of passengers on the line, is set to begin. 

Work on the busy Great Eastern Main Line will take place every weekend starting from 17 May 2014 to 6 July 2014, and the contractor for the project is Balfour Beatty. 

During the upgrade project, some of the railway lines around Colchester will be closed but Abellio Greater Anglia has amended its timetable to allow passengers extra time to transfer. Passengers travelling to Ipswich and Norwich via Colchester will need to change at Colchester. 

Richard Schofield, Network Rail’s route managing director, said: “We are investing millions of pounds to upgrade the tracks at Colchester station so that passengers across Anglia get more reliable and punctual trains. 

“This is urgently required work and will deliver a much better level of service to the growing number of passengers that rely on rail services.” 

Tanya Jacques, Abellio Greater Anglia area customer service manager for Colchester, added that having worked closely with Network Rail in planning this important programme of improvement works at Colchester it has been able to avoid the need for any disruptive bus replacement services. 

The April/May 2014 edition of RTM features an interview with Abellio Greater Anglia head of corporate affairs, Jonathan Denby, on collaborative working between the TOC and Network Rail. 

Tell us what you think – have your say below or email opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com 

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