August upgrades: spotlight on Anglia

This August bank holiday we’re making vital improvements to our Anglia route.

Works over the bank holiday weekend and in the Autumn will improve reliability for passengers using thousands of services a day.

They form part of our multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan to provide better, more frequent and faster journeys.

What’s the Anglia route?

It covers five main corridors through Greater London, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.

The Anglia route takes in the railway from London Liverpool Street station, which we own and manage, to Norwich, Cambridge, Hertford, Southend, Stansted Airport and the Port of Felixstowe. It also takes services into Essex from London Fenchurch Street and Overground services from Stratford to Richmond.

How are we improving the network?

Outside London, Anglia has the fastest growing employment in England. The investment we’re making as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan will improve passenger services and help deliver economic growth, reduced environmental impact and regeneration of communities.

Vital track improvements will take place between Manningtree and Witham this August bank holiday weekend and over the Autumn months.

Over the long weekend, Network Rail’s engineers will install 120 metres of track, a set of points and a new buffer stop at Colchester station. Points are the moveable sections of track that allow trains to move from one line to another while a buffer stop prevents trains from going past the end of a section of track, preventing derailment.

Team Orange will also replace 1,200 tons of ballast - the stones on the track that cushion the railway - at Colchester, and install almost 3km of track between Manningtree and Ardleigh on the mainline.

London Liverpool Street station serves the Anglia route

Furthermore, work will take place between Ipswich and Felixstowe as part of a £60.4m programme to transform the single-track Felixstowe branch line, by installing 1.4km track loop near Trimley station.

The additional track will allow the line to operate more effectively, giving the flexibility needed to run more freight trains, as well as improve the reliability of existing passenger services. The project began in April and will take place most weekends until autumn next year.