Greater Anglia train at station

Greater Anglia start work to make way for longer trains

Work has commenced at Hertford East railway station to provide space for longer trains Greater Anglia has confirmed.

The work will focus on the removal of a disused signal box at the station.

Work will be taking place until Saturday 30th October and buses will replace trains along the line between Broxbourne and Hertford East whilst work is undertaken.

The old grade II-listed signal box will be disassembled and moved to the Wensleydale Railway in Yorkshire.

It will then be rebuilt and restored to operational use and will be used on the preserved railway at Wensleydale.

By removing the signal box Greater Anglia will be able to lengthen the platforms at the station.

This will create the space necessary to allow Greater Anglia’s new five-carriage Alstom-built commuter trains to run coupled together as 10 carriages at peak times.

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia Managing Director explained the necessity for this work to take place whilst acknowledging the trouble this may cause for customers.

Mr Burles said: “This work is essential so that we can run our new longer trains along this line.

“We will make sure that all customers can complete their journeys, whether it is by bus or using Govia Thameslink Railway's (GTR) train service from Hertford North.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this work may cause people using this service.”

Greater Anglia’s new trains have more seats, USB and plug points, free WiFi, air conditioning and improved accessibility including an accessible toilet on every train.

The new trains also have better passenger information screens and dedicated cycle spaces.

They are also the first trains in the UK to have underfloor heating.

This works in conjunction with an overhead heating and ventilation system improving passenger comfort and increasing foot room in window seats.

Greater Anglia’s new trains feature regenerative braking.

This system delivers energy back into the electrical supply network instead of wasting energy through heat like conventional systems.

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