Ipswich track works, via Network Rail

Renovation works scheduled for August Bank Holiday

Rail passengers across the Anglia network are set to benefit from major renovation works to the railway’s infrastructure that are set to be conducted over the coming Bank Holiday weekend. Due to this, passengers are now being advised to check availability before travelling over the period.

Works will take place from Saturday 27 August to Monday 29 August and includes:

  • Signalling works as part of the Cambridge re-signalling programme between Ipswich and Ely and Cambridge North
  • Track renewal at Elmswell level crossing
  • Track, drainage, and overhead wire structure works between Clapton and Chingford
  • Overhead wire work between Barking and Pitsea as part of the overhead wire renewals programme on the line between London and Shoeburyness (Sunday only).
  • Points works between Fenchurch Street and Barking
  • Greater Anglia will also conduct platform extension works on between Broxbourne and Hertford East and between Stratford and Meridian Water

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

“We’re carrying out renewal and upgrade works across the network to improve reliability and prevent delays now and in the future. Passengers are advised to check before they travel. I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carry out this essential work.”

These upcoming renewal works are essential for the safety and stability of future services across the network, giving passengers the best possible experiences. There are expected disruptions, with rail replacement bus services being available for those affected, meaning passengers should plan ahead and check their journeys before travelling. The scheduling of these works for the Bank Holiday weekend should mean as little disruption as possible, but in these circumstances, they are often unavoidable.

The rest of Anglia’s rail network, including the main lines, will be open for passengers to enjoy days out by rail over the extended weekend.

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director said:

“We’re very sorry for any inconvenience caused by these projects, but it’s essential so that we can run our new longer trains.

“Customers should check before they travel and allow more time for their journeys.

“Where we are able to run rail replacement buses, they will be fully accessible with extra staff on hand to make the transition between train and bus as easy as possible.

“Customer reaction to our new trains has been fantastic. With their plug and USB points, fast free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, improved accessibility features, dedicated cycle spaces and better passenger information screens, our new trains offer a much better travel experience.”

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