Critical works to stabilise the embankment at Ingatestone on the Great Eastern Main Line will proceed for the rest of this week (27 Jan) after further issues were found during remedial work.
The line out of London to Norwich will remain closed, with services operating in both directions on the line towards London.
This means the number of services will be reduced on the mainline and branch line services to Clacton, Braintree, Southend, Colchester Town and Harwich are also affected.
Last Friday, the embankment became unstable, causing a dip in the tracks. Network Rail’s engineers have been working around the clock to make repairs, but further works are still needed.
Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s Route Director for Anglia, said: “I understand how frustrating it is that the work is taking longer than expected and I’m sorry for the disruption this is causing to passengers. We are doing everything we can to carry out the repairs quickly so that we can safely reopen the line.
“I know that this has been very disruptive for passengers and those living nearby and I’d like to thank everyone for their patience. I’d like to say a special thank you to those who have worked with us to give us access to the site and enable us to carry out these emergency repairs.”
Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia Managing Director, said: “We would like to thank customers for their patience while engineers work to repair the railway, and we are very sorry for the inconvenience caused. Although the work is taking longer than anticipated, safety is our top priority.
“We are running a reduced timetable for all services which travel through Ingatestone. Customers should check before they travel and allow more time for their journey. We will keep our website updated with any changes to our services.”
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