Network Rail is reminding passengers to plan their journeys in advance due to no trains running between Southend Victoria and Wickford for nine days.
The nine-day closure is part of a major upgrade of the overhead wires.
The railway line between Wickford and Southend Victoria will be closed from Saturday 25 May to Sunday 2 June (inclusive).
The route between Wickford and Southminster will remain open and will be served by trains.
Engineers will work 24 hours a day over nine days to replace 27.8 km of overhead wire, install eight structures, remove 33 redundant structures and bring into service two electrified train crossovers – which help trains to change between the tracks.
Passengers are being advised to change their travel arrangements, as there will only be a limited rail replacement bus service and a reduced train service between Wickford and London Liverpool Street. Timetables are available on the Greater Anglia website.
Greater Anglia passenger who has a monthly season ticket or longer can use c2c services for the entire nine days of the line closure, changing at London Fenchurch Street or London Limehouse for connections.
The closure of the line will mean the bulk of the work will finish two months earlier in March 2020 instead of May 2020, with 11 fewer weeks of mid-week closures and six fewer weekend closures.
The train service between Wickford and London Liverpool Street will see shorter trains running less frequently. This is because access to the Southend depot, where trains are parked overnight, will be suspended by the works, and no over location is available.
Passengers should be aware that c2c trains will be very busy, so seats may not be available. Passengers are also advised not to drive to c2c stations as car parking is very limited.
What did the officials say?
Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said:
“We want to make sure passengers are informed about the upgrades taking place between Wickford and Southend Victoria next week, and are working with Greater Anglia to remind them.
“We recognise there is never an ideal time to shut the railway and appreciate the inconvenience of the works but closing the line for nine days will allow us to carry out much more work compared to a series of more limited mid-week or weekend closures.
“I’d encourage passengers to plan their journey in advance or make alternative arrangements.”
Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, said:
“We’ve worked closely with Network Rail to reduce the overall impact of works on customers to carry out this important upgrade.
“We’ve given customers as much notice as possible of the nine days of intensive works and tried to answer all of their questions about the blockade.
“We apologise for any inconvenience the works causes and thank customers for their continued patience.”