Welder performing work on a section of track

Essential track improvements completed in Anglia

Network Rail has completed vital track improvements works on the rail network in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, ensuring services can continue to run safely and reliably across the Anglia region.

Started in May 2021, the upgrades and renewals saw a number of different projects undertaken by engineers across the regional network.

These included:

  • Renewal of nearly half a mile of track just north of Trowse swing bridge
  • Renewal of one mile of rail at Tharston
  • Renewal of track, sleepers and ballast at Wassicks level crossing just north of Haughley junction
  • Replacement of wheel timbers on the line between Ely and Norwich and at Manea on the line between Ely and Peterborough
  • Resignalling work on the Wherry Lines between Norwich, Lowestoft and Yarmouth
  • Maintenance work at Oulton Broad swing bridge

On busy lines, track and equipment needs suffers wear over time and needs replacing. This work is essential to ensure everything remains in good working conditions and trains can run on it safely.

The work guarantees fewer delays for passenger and freight services operating on the lines.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s Route Director for Anglia, said: “We understand how frustrating it is when journeys are delayed. That’s why we’ve completed this programme of upgrades and renewals across the rail network over the last two months.

“This work is essential to keep services running safely and reliably and aims to prevent delays caused by infrastructure faults.”

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