East Anglian rail bosses make improved service pledge for Norwich to London line

PUBLISHED: 20:55 13 August 2012 | UPDATED: 09:43 14 August 2012

Greater Anglia train on the Norwich to London service.  Photo: Bill Smith

Greater Anglia train on the Norwich to London service. Photo: Bill Smith

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Bosses are considering carrying out engineering work overnight on the Norwich to London line rather than at the weekends, meaning passengers would have to use fewer rail replacement buses.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “We have been working with Greater Anglia to deliver a better train service for passengers across the East Anglia region, and part of this work includes looking again at our engineering works regime.

“We still need to be able to renew and maintain the railway but are looking at how we could do things differently to enable more weekend services to run.”

Network Rail is currently in the middle of a £200m project to renew the overhead lines on the route out of Liverpool Street, much of which dates back to 1950s and 1960s.

They have completed the section between Liverpool Street and Stratford, Maryland and Forest Gate.

Work on the upgrade of the overhead lines between Ingatestone and Chelmsford will begin after the Olympics embargo.

So trains can run later and start earlier, Network Rail has suspended all disruptive engineering works on rail routes serving Olympic venues for almost three months from the end of June to early September.

A Greater Anglia spokesman said: “We know passengers are keen to see a full weekend service on the Norwich to London main line much more regularly than has been possible in recent years.

“We are working extremely hard with Network Rail to try and significantly reduce the number of occasions when disruptive alterations such as bus replacement services are necessary.

“We very much hope that from 2013 fewer weekends will be affected by a revised timetable and we’re doing all we can to achieve that outcome.”

He said in the meantime, customers will benefit from a full main line service over the next four weekends, up to and including the Paralympic Games.

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