Spotlight on Easter: Anglia overhead line renewals

Replacing the old wires will significantly reduce the impact of heat-related disruption.

Over the Easter bank holiday weekend (14-17 April), we will be working to deliver more than 200 projects on the rail network across Britain as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan.

The work we’re doing will provide more and faster services to help relieve overcrowding on the railway.

Passenger numbers have doubled in the last 20 years, and this growth is set to continue. Around 22,500 trains run every day in Britain – nearly 1.7 billion passenger journeys each year. Another 400 million rail journeys will be made by 2020.

We plan our larger work projects over bank holidays as they’re generally quiet periods, with fewer passengers travelling by rail – find out more here about why we plan work for bank holidays.

If you’re travelling over the bank holiday, please remember to check your journey plans on Nationalrail.co.uk, as there will be changes to rail services in some areas.

What the project involves

We’re replacing 320km of overhead wiring on the Great Eastern Mainline between Chelmsford and London Liverpool Street, in the Anglia route.

Why we’re renewing the wires

The current wiring along the route was installed in the 1950s, and these old wires sag in hot weather. When they sag we have to impose temporary speed restrictions to prevent the trains from damaging the wires and causing further cancellations to services.

Replacing the old wires will significantly reduce the impact of heat-related disruption, meaning more reliable journeys for passengers travelling between Norwich and London.

What work is happening this Easter

We’re renewing the wires at Seven Kings over the weekend of 14-17 April.

Our ‘orange army’ engineers will be working for 7,200 person-hours over the long weekend, installing a gantry near Ilford and replacing almost 7km, or 4.2 miles, of overhead wiring with new, more durable and heat-resistant wires that will not sag in hot weather.

Easter weekend services

  • TfL Rail – London Liverpool Street to ShenfieldThere will be no TfL Rail service between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield from Friday 14 April to Monday 17 April. Rail replacement buses will run every 15 minutes calling at all stops (except Liverpool Street and Maryland) as well as Newbury Park for the Central line.
  • Greater Anglia, Great Eastern Main Line – London Liverpool Street to Shenfield, Southminster and Southend VictoriaFriday 14 April to Monday 17 April (excluding Sunday 16 April)

    Rail replacement buses will run between Ingatestone/Billericay and London Liverpool Street via Newbury Park. Greater Anglia tickets will be accepted on the Central line between Newbury Park and Liverpool Street.

    Rail replacement buses will run between Wickford and Southminster.

    Sunday 16 April

    Rail replacement buses will run between Ingatestone/Southend Victoria and London Liverpool Street via Newbury Park. Greater Anglia tickets will be accepted on the Central line between Newbury Park and Liverpool Street.

    Rail replacement buses will run between Wickford and Southminster.

Up-to-date travel information at Nationalrail.co.uk

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Anglia overhead wire renewals