More disruption over bank holiday weekends for rail travellers in East Anglia

A Greater Anglia train. Picture: Sonya Duncan.

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

There will be further disruption for rail passengers over the two bank holiday weekends due to be engineering work being carried out by Network Rail on the main line to London.

There will be no through trains from East Anglia to Liverpool Street and Stratford on Sunday, May 6, with a bus link from Ingatestone station to Newbury Park station on the Central Line. But the main line will be open on the Saturday and Bank Holiday Monday.

Over the bank holiday weekend a the end of the month, May 26-28, there will be no through trains to London, with the Ingatestone to Newbury Park bus link in place throughout.

Network Rail engineers are hoping to replace 3km of overhead wire in the Ilford area during the weekend closure.

Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail's route managing director for Anglia, said: 'We are continuing our work to transform rail services for passengers in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.

'While I understand that closing the line is inconvenient, it's vital that we get these chunks of time in order to carry out these important upgrades.

'I'd like to thank passengers for their patience while we carry out this work.'

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Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia Managing Director, added: 'We know people would rather stay on the train the whole way, but we have arranged over 400 buses during the two bank holiday weekends to make sure that customers can still complete their journeys.

'We'll also have extra staff on hand help make the journey as easy as possible for passengers.'