Christmas upgrades: spotlight on Anglia

liverpool street station busy concourse

Vital upgrades to our Anglia route this festive season will improve reliability, and reduce delays and cancellations for passengers.

They’re part of a national programme of more than £148m of upgrades that a 25,000-strong workforce will deliver amid our £50bn five-year Railway Upgrade Plan.

The railway will remain open for ‘business as usual’ as most of the network will be unaffected by upgrade work.

However, we remind all passengers to check before they travel because there will be significant changes to services on some routes.

Overhead wire renewals on Great Eastern Main Line
Overhead line equipment works on the Great Eastern Main Line, part of the Anglia route

What’s the Anglia route?

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

It 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; services into Essex from London Fenchurch Street; and Overground services from Stratford to Richmond.

London Liverpool Street is the capital’s third busiest station, with 63.6 million passenger journeys passing through every year.

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

London Liverpool Street station

Its main railway lines are:

  • The Great Eastern Main Line from Liverpool Street to Norwich and branches
  • The Cross-country Corridor via Ely from Ipswich/Norwich to Cambridge/Peterborough
  • The West Anglia Main Line from Liverpool Street to Cambridge, Kings Lynn and branches
  • The Orbital Routes, comprising the North London line from Stratford to Richmond and the Barking to Gospel Oak line
  • The Essex Thameside line from Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness via Upminster and Tilbury.

How are we improving the route this Christmas?

  • We’re installing structures that will carry new overhead wire on the Southend Victoria branch line as part of a £46m investment to reduce delays and cancellations, especially in hot weather. The route’s wiring system dates to the 1950s and needs replacing to prevent frequent failures that cause delays.
  • We’re also installing 12.5km of overhead wire at Forest Gate on the Great Eastern Main Line as part of a £250m investment to improve reliability.
  • Engineers will carry out work on the Felixstowe branch line as part of a £60.4m project to install a 1.4km loop near Trimley to increase freight traffic and improve reliability for passenger services.
  • Works at Shenfield station as part of the Crossrail programme.

Station information for passengers