Network Rail’s Anglia route will benefit from a £10 million booster fund – part of the Every Second Counts campaign – to improve rail services for passengers.
The campaign, which addresses poor performance, has been identifying common causes of train delays and cancellations, and finding solutions to remedy these.
It has resulted in track and signal failures being given as core reasons for delays, as well as time taken to address such incidents.
The most significant funding period in the history of Britain’s railways starts in April, which has set huge sums of money aside for maintenance and track renewals, yet Network Rail is helping the Anglia route even more with the £10 million funding.
Just under half of the money (£4.4 million) has been allocated on projects already, and the remaining £5.6 million will be spent this year.
The Chief Operating Officer for the Anglia route, Steve Hooker, commented: “We know the frustration passengers feel when a train is delayed. Every Second Counts is about what we can do to make rail travel better because we know that delays can mean less time spent with loved ones and people being late for work or appointments.
“Engineers on the ground know the railway best, so staff were asked what would make the difference if extra money was available.
“Our team orange has come up with some great ideas and while it’s still early days, the signs are good with performance improving.
“We’re working hard to improve the railway for everyone on the Anglia route by investing £2.2 billion over the next five years.”
The extra investment will fund projects to improve infrastructure such as the upgrade of switches and crossings at the Coppermill junction interchange near Tottenham. This will vastly increase reliability.
In addition, suggestions called for the rails to be more resilient to hot weather so that temporary speed restrictions can be reduced.