Network Rail has installed new track as part of a series of improvements that will improve the journeys on the Norwich to London services.
The work, which started this weekend, took place at Kelvedon and comprised of the installation of two switches and crossing units, along with movable sections of the track – imperative in allowing trains to cross paths and move from one part of a track to the other.
This project is being undertaken by staggering the installation work. Network Rail ensured that vital elements were completed over the weekend, but it will continue next weekend and on the Sunday after that to ensure that passengers, commuters and other rail users get the best service possible, improving business productivity in the process.
It follows installation work of almost 300 metres of track last month that benefits the line between Stowmarket and Manningtree.
The rail provider has outlined just why this work is needed; constant use of the line – especially on such a busy one like the one that connects Norwich to London – causes wear and tear.
In an era where the infrastructure is constantly scrutinised to ensure Britain keeps pace with the rest of the world, it is imperative that any worn part of the track is replaced so that services are improved, and passengers can rely on them.
Work has also seen the stones that form the track bed removed, which has improved drainage and ultimately, this keeps the track in good condition.
Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, Meliha Duymaz, said this is an ‘essential’ project.
“This work is essential to improve reliability and keep services running smoothly and safely on this busy main line as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.
“When complete, the work will benefit all passengers using services that pass through the Kelvedon area.”
This is just one of a number of improvements recently undertaken as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan – with Anglia benefiting from other projects too.