Rail upgrades coming

Anglia Rail upgrades set for July

Power for the Elizabeth Line and extended platforms for new trains will be coming as part of the upcoming Anglia rail upgrade project. This comes ahead of the upcoming stage of opening for the Crossrail line, which will see Shenfield connected to Paddington station via the City of London and West End.

These works are scheduled to be taking place on Sunday 24th July and will come with affects to the stability of passengers travelling to London from Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. Passengers have been advised to check their travel options around this time, as to cause as few disruptions as possible.

This upgrade project will see vital works being carried out which will come with support for the growing numbers of passengers returning to the railway. Some of these works will include:

  • A power upgrade at Pudding Mill Lane near Stratford that will provide power for the Elizabeth Line services.
  • Work to lengthen platforms on the West Anglia main line to accommodate 10-car trains

The Elizabeth Line’s next phase of opening will include the integration of services that cater from the east and west into the new central tunnels and stations bringing additional benefits to those travelling to and from the east and west. The three railways will be brought together through this vital connection, whilst also enabling services from Reading and Heathrow through to Abbey Wood and from Shenfield through to Paddington. The service in the central stations between Paddington and Whitechapel will be 22 trains per hour during the peak and 16 trains per hour off peak.

Buses will replace trains on the Great Eastern main line between Ingatestone and Liverpool St, and on the West Anglia main line, buses will replace trains between Bishops Stortford and Waltham Cross, and between Hertford East and Waltham Cross.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, said:

 “This work is vital to upgrade the railway to support new, longer trains for West Anglia passengers and to support the next stage of the opening of the Elizabeth line which will revolutionise the way passengers travel across London. I'd like to thank passengers for their patience while we carry out these works.”

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, said:

“We’re very sorry for the inconvenience these engineering works cause in the short term, but in the long term they play a part in improving rail connections and modernising our railway, making it better for everyone.

“We will make sure that customers can complete their journeys – even if part of it is by rail replacement bus.”

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