Further rail upgrades planned for 2017 to deliver a bigger and more reliable railway

Published on : Thursday, October 27, 2016

37-300x200Passengers travelling on the railway between Norwich and London and across to Cambridge are being asked to check before they travel, particularly at weekends as complex improvement works continue over Christmas and into 2017.



This work will deliver vital railway upgrades for the Crossrail programme and remove long-standing heat related speed restrictions.

As part of its Railway Upgrade Plan, Network Rail will continue to install new overhead wires that will make the railway more reliable. During 2016, more than 31,000 metres of overhead wire has been installed and a speed restriction between Shenfield and Chelmsford has already been removed. Work continues a-pace on the Crossrail project to provide an extra platform at Shenfield and sidings in preparation for the arrival of new air-conditioned trains that will start operating on the TfL Rail route between Shenfield and Liverpool Street station, from May 2017.


These and other important upgrades will continue for 10 days over the Christmas and New Year period, and will affect Greater Anglia and TfL Rail services into Liverpool Street and across to Cambridge. Further work to improve the line will take place over a number of weekends from January to May 2017, meaning some journeys will be longer and involve rail replacement buses from Essex into London.


Major Crossrail works being delivered by Network Rail to remodel the track and provide an extra platform at Shenfield for future Elizabeth line services will take place from Tuesday 3 January 2017 until late May. This means there will be no TfL Rail services between Brentwood and Shenfield during week days and weekends until late May 2017. During this time, a frequent rail replacement bus service will run between the two stations.

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