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.

Christmas 2019

Over the Christmas and New Year period, 20,560 railway staff delivered 386 projects across the country and Network Rail invested £111m to improve the national network.

We’d like to thank passengers and lineside neighbours for their continued understanding and patience while we carried out the work.

Over this period, Network Rail engineers completed the following track engineering works on the railway as part of our railway upgrade plan:

  • Installed new overhead wires at Wickford on the Southend Victoria branch line as part of a £46m investment to reduce delays and improve reliability
  • Replaced track and points at Colchester to reduce the risk of points failures and make journeys more reliable for passengers and freight trains.
  • Continued work for the Crossrail programme in East London 
  • Essential bridge strengthening work and repairs in Rochford, Essex and at Prickwillow near Ely
  • Carried out track maintenance and repairs in the Liverpool Street and Bethnal Green area.
  • Enabled continued TfL works on Barking Riverside extension

Maryland Track Renewal

We’re renewing the track at Maryland on the Great Eastern Mainline to maintain a reliable service through the area, which serves the thousands of trains travelling every day in 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 need to access the railway to maintain these old tracks.

Throughout January – April, engineers will carry out the following work over a total of nine weekends:

  • Replace track and points at Maryland to improve punctuality and reliability
  • Overhead wire power upgrades for new trains
  • Work at Ilford to improve drainage

Over time, track becomes worn from constant use, especially at this key junction on the busy main line and needs to be replaced to keep services on the move, to improve reliability.

A rail replacement service will run while these works take place.

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.

The High Output Ballast Cleaner System (BCS)

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.

Throughout December, track renewals were completed at Derby Road – Felixstowe and Stowmarket – Thurston.

The BCS at work
The TRS at work

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Our track treatment fleet

Track renewals

Our fleet – machines and vehicles