Rail services in Anglia are set to be improved during the bank holiday weekend, as part of a multi-million pound upgrade programme.
Network Rail have confirmed that some lines will be closed so that the “essential” engineering works can take place; improvement work will be undertaken across the whole Anglia network.
As such, services that run across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, and north and east London will all be affected.
The overhead wiring system will be upgraded on the Southend Victoria line – part of a £46 million investment – while renewal of tracks and structures will also take place.
This is important for Network Rail’s digital revolution – the organisation is aiming to make the railway digital ready and with improved overhead line wiring systems and associated electrification – something the Railway Industry Association wants to see happen – trains will be able to run closer to each other, meaning more services can be provided.
Passengers will also benefit from more frequent services, and a better travelling experience overall.
It is part of a multi-million pound improvement programme during the bank holiday in August, where hundreds of projects will be worked on to upgrade the network.
Elsewhere in Anglia, the Barking Riverside project will benefit from overhead line work and track renewals, while renewals will also take place between Pitsea and Dagenham.
Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, understands there is no good time to close the railway, but explains why the weekend of the bank holiday has been chosen.
“Over a bank holiday, we can do the maximum amount of work while impacting the fewest number of people.
“Sometimes a closure is the only way we can carry out major work like replacing track or improvements to overhead electric lines and we always work closely with train companies to minimise disruption.
“Most of the railway network will be open as usual, only some routes will be closed.
“These works are essential for a more reliable service, and to make journeys better for everyone.”