August bank holiday 2017: Rail passengers on Norwich to London line urged to check before they travel

A Greater Anglia train. Picture: Sonya Duncan

A Greater Anglia train. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Rail passengers are being reminded to check before they travel this weekend as engineering work is planned for the network in East Anglia.

Greater Anglia trains will be running direct to London Liverpool Street on Saturday as normal on the mainline from Norwich.

But on Sunday and bank holiday Monday a rail replacement bus service will run for part of the journey from Ingatestone to Newbury Park.

Rail users are then advised to use their tickets on the Central Line on the London Underground into Liverpool Street.

Greater Anglia has booked nearly 140 buses so customers planning to go to London on Sunday or Monday are still able to complete their journey.

Extra staff will be deployed at stations to help customers get onto the right bus.

Greater Anglia managing director Jamie Burles said: 'We will make sure that customers are able to complete their journeys this weekend, even if part of the way is by bus.

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'We apologise to customers for inconvenience engineering works may cause, but these engineering works are vital to improve the railway in East Anglia for everyone, making it more reliable for generations to come.'

Network Rail is due to install 1km of overhead wire at Brentwood, replacing wire from the 1950s which sags in hot weather leading to trains running at lower speeds in order to protect it.

Further works will also be carried out on the Crossrail project, to prepare for the connection of the Crossrail tunnel to the main line at Stratford.

On Sunday, Network Rail is carrying out engineering works from Stratford to Tottenham Hale. Services to and from Stratford will be diverted via Hackney Downs to Liverpool Street, and will not call at Lea Bridge or Stratford.

And throughout the whole bank holiday weekend, buses will replace trains between Peterborough and March, as Network Rail build a new bridge at Whittlesey, which will allow trains to run at faster speeds.

Greater Anglia is advising customers to check before they travel, using the Greater Anglia website, Twitter or rail apps.

Rail users should also allow extra time to complete their journeys.

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