Train operator Greater Anglia sets out 10-point plea for track upgrades

A Greater Anglia train

A Greater Anglia train - Credit: James Bass

A 10-point rail upgrade plan for East Anglia has been set out by one of the region's rail operators with a warning cash needs to be found if the full benefits of new trains are to be enjoyed.

The upgrades are as follows

Felixstowe – Peterborough (and Nuneaton)

• Haughley Junction upgrade (to enable more frequent and reliable services)

• Ely area upgrades (including Ely North Junction, Queen Adelaide level crossings, re-signalling and bridge strengthening, to enable more frequent and reliable services)

• Ely – Soham double tracking project (to enable more frequent freight and passenger services)

Great Eastern Main Line (Norwich – Ipswich – Colchester – Chelmsford – London)

• Haughley Junction upgrade (to enable more frequent and reliable services)

• Trowse Swing Bridge replacement (with a fixed double track bridge, instead of the current single track swing bridge to enable more frequent and reliable services)

• Long loops between Colchester and Witham (to allow fast trains to overtake slower full length freight or passenger trains, helping to improve reliability and journey times)

• Digital re-signalling Colchester to London (to enable more frequent services)

West Anglia Main Line

• Capacity upgrades to enable 4 trains an hour between Angel Road and Tottenham/Stratford

• Four-tracking of the West Anglia route from Copper Mill Junction to Broxbourne as the first stage of the Crossrail 2 scheme (to enable more frequent services, quicker journey times and better reliability)

Other key projects

• Wider level crossing upgrade programme (to improve reliability and journey times)

• London Liverpool Street capacity increases (platform and concourse upgrades to accommodate increasing passenger numbers)

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