As part of Anglia’s railway upgrade plan from 2019-24, we will be undertaking works to renew our infrastructure – including renewing around a quarter of our track.
By doing this, it will help us to maintain a safer and more reliable railway for passengers and freight by reducing the number of train services affected by delays and cancellations.
We know there is never a good time to close the railway. As fewer passengers use rail over the Christmas period, we complete as much engineering work as possible in this time to minimise the impact on train users.
This Christmas, we will be continuing to make improvements as part of our railway upgrade plan, while still enabling trains to run on as much of the network as possible in between Christmas and New Year.
The majority of our rail network across Anglia will be open as usual for passengers to travel over this period. However, passengers are advised to continue to check before they travel as there will be changes to services on a few routes which will affect train journeys.
We would like to thank passengers and lineside neighbours for their continued understanding while this much needed work is carried out.
Over the Christmas period, Network Rail engineers will be undertaking the following track engineering works on the railway:
- Installing new track at Colchester
- Maintaining and repairing the track in the Bethnal Green and Stratford area
We will also be:
- Replacing the overhead wires Southend Victoria line in the Wickford area
- Extending platforms at Littleport and Waterbeach between Cambridge and Kings Lynn
- Improving the overhead power supply between Stratford and Lea Bridge and between Shenfield and Liverpool Street
There are no trains running on Christmas Day and only a revised Stansted Express service on Boxing Day.
High Output Track Renewals
Our modern engineering trains known as the High Output trains have been operating along the Anglia route since June 2018 as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. This work involves renewing the track as well as components including ballast and sleepers.
By using our High Output trains to deliver these works we are reducing the amount of time the railway needs to be closed than would normally be required under the traditional method, reducing the impact on both lineside neighbours and passengers.
There are two types of High Output trains which are used along the Anglia route, the Ballast Cleaner System (BCS) and the Track Renewal System (TRS). The BCS and TRS will be will continue to be deployed across the Anglia route into 2019.
Since starting work in June 2018, the BCS has covered a distance of 19,923 yards of ballast cleaning, laid 38,500 tonnes of new ballast and 25,750 of recycled ballast. The TRS has installed 12,790 yards of new track which includes 18,000 new sleepers. In addition we have removed 1300 tonnes of scrap rail which is to be recycled. Using these engineering trains to renew the track and its components, we avoid the need of imposing speed restrictions which are implemented when renewing the track in the traditional method. This results in a more efficient and reliable service for passengers with fewer disruptions.
Planned dates and location of track renewals (dates and times subject to change)
Derby Road – Felixstowe
- Friday 6 – Monday 9 December – 23:30 – 05:00
- Friday 13 – Monday 16 December 23:30 – 05:00
Stowmarket – Thurston
- Friday 29 November – Monday 2 December – 23:30 – 05:00
Work in 2020
We will be renewing the track at Maryland on the Great Eastern Mainline. This is a critical piece of work to maintain a reliable service through this area which serves the thousands of trains travelling every day into Stratford and London Liverpool St. While there will be some weekend disruption throughout February and March, once complete, it will help prevent speed restrictions and reduce the amount of time we have to access the railway to maintain these old tracks. More information on this will be available soon.