Upgrades to the rail lines between Norwich and London and across to Cambridge are set to continue over Christmas and into the new year, with Network Rail explaining that this latest phase of works will deliver “vital upgrades”.
The latest round of works will involve adding an additional platform to the Shenfield station, as well as new sidings, ahead of the introduction of new air-conditioned trains that will start operating on the route between Shenfield and Liverpool Street in May 2017.
There will also be a host of rail improvement works on the line between Liverpool Street and Cambridge, with Network Rail claiming this will enable them to remove long-standing speed restrictions, and an important junction at Shenfield will be remodelled.
Richard Schofield, route managing director for Anglia with Network Rail, commented: “Our Railway Upgrade Plan in Anglia is delivering one of the biggest and most crucial programmes of work in years, bringing benefits to passengers all the way up to Norwich.”
He acknowledged that there will be disruption to services while the works are carried out and thanked passengers for their patience and understanding.
Network Rail is also conducting consultations on plans to increase the space for freight trains in Felixstowe, allowing more services to operate from this area, the Ipswich Star reported.
The plans involve doubling the track near Trimley station, and would allow 47 trains to operate from the port each day, 14 more than present.
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