Work on overhead wiring

Work on overhead wiring to improve reliability in South East

Upgrade works are set to take place on the overhead wiring systems on the c2c Line between London and Shoeburyness to improve reliability.

This follows the recent announcement from Network Rail that £83m will be invested in improving the network this Easter.

The current wiring on the line was installed over 60 years ago and is vulnerable to heat which can cause delays in summer months.

Heat can cause the wires to sag causing them to get caught on the pantograph of passing trains bringing the wires down.

The new wires which are set to be installed stay taught in all weathers which improves reliability and prevents delays.

Most of the network will remain unaffected by the engineering works taking place over the Easter weekend.

Network Rail commented on the work set to take place on the overhead wiring on the c2c Line.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s Route Director for Anglia said: “Most of the network will be available for passengers to enjoy days out by rail throughout the Easter holidays.

“Those planning to travel between London and Shoeburyness should check how their journey might be affected by the works.

“I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carry out this important work to renew the track to improve reliability on this busy line.”

Over 95% of the country’s network will be unaffected whilst work takes place to improve infrastructure as part of the £83m investment.

 

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