Network Rail has released a timelapse video of the work being undertaken on the London to Norwich line over the past eight weekends.
As part of its Railway Upgrade Plan during autumn, Network Rail has installed over 14km of new overhead wires at Gidea Park, which will bring fewer speed restrictions, fewer delays and fewer cancelations for rail passengers.
The equivalent of 20,000 hours was spent installing the overhead wire to ensure no sagging occurs in the hot summer temperature and to improve the reliability of the railway all year round.
Richard Schofield, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “Our engineers have been working hard to build a bigger and better railway for the region and significantly improve passengers’ journeys on this busy line as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. The work is vital in helping deliver new trains as part of the Crossrail project and removing a speed restriction that will no longer delay passengers in the summer.
“I understand the inconvenience and disruption that closing the railway causes, and I’d like to thank passengers for their understanding over this period while we carried out this important work. Railway upgrades of this scale take time and more work will take place over Christmas, when typically less than half the usual number of passengers use the railway, and in 2017. I’d encourage passengers to check ahead of travelling to see how their journey might be affected.”
Operations Director for TfL Rail, Howard Smith, thanked passengers for their patience shown throughout the duration of the work but warned over further delays before the end of 2016.
He said: “There is still more to be done to prepare for Elizabeth line services and passengers should make sure they check journeys before travelling over Christmas and New Year.”
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