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Greater Anglia services to become 'more reliable' thanks to upgrade work

Picture credited to Network Rail

Greater Anglia says major upgrades are going to make the Norwich to London main line more reliable.

The train operator's completed work at Witham in Essex, to try and cut down on delays to services in the future.

Engineers have spent six weekends carrying out major renovations to the major line spanning the length of East Anglia.

They've completed a number of things:

  • Replaced four crossover sections which allow trains to move from one track to another
  • Replaced over 780 metres of track
  • Replaced 5880tns of ballast, the stones that make up the track bed
  • Installed two new buffer stops
  • Installed new electrical systems for the points heaters ready for winter
  • Rebuilt 125m of platform one

You can take a look at a video released by Network Rail, which shows the ballast being distributed, below.

Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said:

“This work is essential to keep passengers moving on the busy main line as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.

“Installing new track makes the network more resilient to wear and defects which cause delays.

“I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carried out this important work.”

Further closures will take place throughout October and November.

Passengers are advised to check before they travel by heading to the National Rail website.

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