May Day rail investment programme promises less disruption for passengers in Anglia

Work to improve the reliability of journeys to and from London this May Bank Holiday will be less disruptive, while still delivering significant benefits for passengers in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex on this important route to and from the capital.

The route into London will be open on Saturday, as work will only affect services on Sunday (1 May) and Monday (2 May) between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield.

Across Britain, more than 11,000 members of Network Rail’s orange army will be working over the long weekend (30 April-2 May) to deliver vital elements of the company’s £40bn Railway Upgrade Plan which will provide a bigger, better, and more reliable railway for passengers and businesses.

Work will take place to install structures at Seven Kings to carry new overhead lines that will improve the reliability on the line between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield. This work is part of a larger project to replace the existing overhead lines with a new wiring system which will not sag in the heat of summer and will improve general reliability for passengers travelling on the railway all year round.

Crossrail construction work will also take place at Gidea Park to prepare the line between London and Shenfield for the new, longer trains which will vastly increase capacity when Elizabeth line services commence in December 2018.

Anglia’s route managing director, Richard Schofield, said:

“With passenger numbers continuing to grow and the demands being placed on our railway getting ever greater, it’s vital that we get big chunks of time to get onto our railway to carry our heavy maintenance work and complete big investment schemes. This will keep the network ticking over and make it safer and more reliable for the millions who rely on it every day.”

“Over the bank holiday weekend we will continue our Railway Upgrade Plan to make the millions of passenger journeys from Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex in and out of London bigger, better and more reliable. We know this means some disruption but there are many trains running across the region this weekend, so please do check before you travel to help plan your journey.”

This type of work can only be carried out when the railway is closed, so there will be a bus replacement service in place on Sunday (1 May) and Monday (2 May). The work will not affect services on Saturday 30 April. Passengers are advised to check before they travel.