Engineering teams in east and north London, Essex and Norfolk carried out essential improvements over Christmas and New Year to keep Anglia’s network running smoothly for years to come.
Work completed included: the replacement of overhead wires at Stratford to prevent delays caused by sagging wires when the weather gets hot; preparation works for the renewal of the roof at London Liverpool Street station to maintain safety and improve passenger experience; and the replacement of a set of points at Norwich and Liverpool St stations, enabling the smooth running of services at two of our busiest stations on the route.
Wheel timbers, sleepers and rails were replaced and strengthening work was carried out at Camden bridge in north London to maintain safe and reliable running of services.
A life-expired bridge was replaced in Neasden, London which carries freight lines over London underground lines. The new bridge is expected to last 120 years, reducing the need for further repair works.
Bridge replacements also took place at Christian Street and Morris Street near Shadwell station to maintain safety and reliability and prevent the need for speed restrictions that cause delays.
Ellie Burrows, Network Rail’s route director for Anglia, said: “While Santa was delivering presents, our engineering teams did their bit to sprinkle a bit of festive magic over the railway by improving our tracks, stations and bridges so that we can continue to run a reliable railway for passengers and freight users. We know the railway provides an essential service for many, and completing these works means we can continue to do this for years to come.”
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