There’s good and bad news for Greater Anglia train users in Essex this morning.
The summer timetable beginning today includes longer trains to relieve pressure in rush hour, and newer carriages with wifi and plug points.
However, Network Rail work between Southend Victoria and Shenfield also gets underway this evening.
The work is part of a major project being undertaken by Network Rail to replace overhead wires on the line between Southend Victoria and Shenfield, with some work taking place overnight on Mondays to Thursdays from Monday 22 May to mid-December.
The work will help to improve reliability and to prevent delays and cancellations caused by old-style overhead line equipment. Current lines are susceptible to sagging in hot weather, leading to speed restrictions. They are also at greater risk of overhead line damage which can cause long delays.
The line will be closed to trains from 22.15. Late evening Greater Anglia services on the line will be affected, with some services replaced by buses.
The last through trains will be the 21.35 Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria and the 21.30 Southend Victoria to Liverpool Street services.
From 22.15, rail replacement services will operate between Shenfield and Wickford.
The 00.15 and 00.50 Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria services will be cancelled, but customers can catch the 00.18 and 00.46 (retimed to 00.50) Liverpool Street to Colchester services as far as Shenfield, where they can transfer to a rail replacement bus service.
The 23.00 Southend Victoria to Liverpool Street service will operate as a rail replacement service from Wickford to Liverpool Street.
The 22.56 Southminster to Liverpool Street will be retimed to depart at 23.16 and will run as rail replacement from Wickford to Liverpool Street.
There are also minor alterations to the C2C timetable from today – mainly affecting train carriage lengths – no service times are changing.