Published on : Wednesday, January 4, 2017
A long-standing speed restriction in place on the railway between Shenfield, Essex and Seven Kings, London during the summer can now be lifted, following completion of important railway improvement works over Christmas, benefiting all passengers travelling between Norwich and London.
Network Rail engineers worked around-the-clock for 10 days to replace 12.5km of overhead wires at Gidea Park in Essex, untangling the complex web of crossovers, and replacing it with more durable and heat-resistant wires. The new wires will not sag during the hot summer months, reducing the need for heat-related speed restrictions which have caused significant delays to train services in recent years.
Over 100,000 hours of Crossrail construction work also took place over the ten-day period to make major improvements to the railway in Essex near Brentwood and Shenfield, to pave the way for the introduction of new, quieter, more reliable electric trains for TfL Rail passengers from May. These improvements included:
Alterations to the track and sidings at Shenfield station
Construction of a new platform at Shenfield station for future Elizabeth line services to use so that freight, fast and stopping passenger services can run without impeding each other
Passengers were thanked for their patience while the work was carried out. Particularly those traveling in this morning as there were problems powering-up the overhead lines in the Shenfield area. Engineers quickly restored power but a few services were affected as we worked to get the network back to normal. TfL Rail replacement buses were provided to help customers travelling in the very early morning.
Richard Schofield, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “We have been working flat out over this 10 day period to carry out significant upgrades to the railway as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan, to make journeys from Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex into London more reliable. Our work to deliver a bigger and better railway for the people of Anglia will continue over the coming months, and I’d like to thank passengers for their continued patience as we carry out this important work. I’d also like to thank those travelling this morning who were affected by the problems with powering-up the overhead lines at Shenfield. ”