Harwich branch line track renewals

Harwich branch line reliability improved

Track, sleepers and ballast have been replaced by Network Rail on the Harwich branch line, following renewals and maintenance.

The programme of works to keep passengers and freight services running safely and reliably began on the 10th of Jan and was completed this weekend (14 Feb).

Over a quarter of a mile of track was replaced near Harwich International station along with sleepers and over 600 tonnes of ballast. The surfaces at three level crossings were also renewed as part of the work to prevent issues with the track and the road.

Harwich branch line track renewals

Network Rail’s engineers carry out inspections and repairs regularly but over time the track becomes so worn that a full replacement is the only option to avoid speed restrictions that cause delays and cancellations.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s Route Director for Anglia, said: “We’ve renewed the track on the Harwich branch line to keep everything in good working order for our passenger and freight customers. Track renewals are essential to reduce the number of delays and cancellations caused by faults, enabling both passengers and goods to arrive on time.”

Harwich branch line track renewals

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia Managing Director, said: “These improvements will help improve punctuality and performance on the Harwich branch line.

“We are working with Network Rail to transform the railway in East Anglia and our new trains are due to be introduced on this line later this year. We would like to thank customers for their patience while this work was carried out.”

Image: Network Rail 

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