Businesses and passengers in Anglia are benefiting from improvements delivered as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan.
The region was one of many that saw projects undertaken during the first May bank holiday – a trend that continued from Easter, when a multi-million pound programme of work was delivered at a time when the railway is used less.
Over both May bank holidays, in excess of 900 projects will be completed, and Anglia has already been the recipient of this.
As part of the Railway Upgrade Plan across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and East London, engineers completed a number of schemes, including the replacement of overhead lines and structures between Billericay and Shenfield as part of work to improve reliability on the Southend Victoria line.
Old signalling was renewed between Norwich and Lowestoft, while signalling equipment on the West Anglia mainline was upgraded.
The Railway Upgrade Plan also saw additional work carried out to improve reliability between London Fenchurch Street station and Barking.
Over the course of the May bank holidays, approximately 22,000 people will be working on projects across the country to deliver better services, and Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “Anglia’s Team Orange worked incredibly hard over the bank holiday to maintain and upgrade the railway, helping us to deliver more reliable services to passengers and freight users.
“We know there is never a good time to close the railway, so I want to offer my thanks to passengers and our lineside neighbours for their continued understanding while this much needed work was carried out.”
Even more work will take place during the next bank holiday weekend, with track reliability, platform upgrades, overhead line and equipment renewals, all set to benefit the Anglia region.
It is an encouraging start to Control Period 6 (CP6), with investment in infrastructure promising to result in significant improvements.