Network Rail has installed new overhead wiring on the Southend Victoria branch line as part of a £46m upgrade to improve reliability for key workers.
This is the first time the wiring system has been upgraded since it was installed in the 1950s.
The new system adapts to the outside temperature changes, which is important in hot weather and will mean fewer delays and cancellations in the future.
What did the officials say?
Ellie Burrows, Network Rail route director, Anglia, said:
“This work was vital to bring the equipment up to 21st century standards which hugely improves reliability and brings the line up to the modern standards seen on other parts of the network.
“I’d like to thank our Southend passengers for their patience and support while we carried out this extensive work programme. I understand that this has been a difficult time for passengers, especially at the weekends, but I’m confident that these crucial improvements will support the growing number of people using the line for years to come.”
Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, said:
”It’s great news that this work has now been completed. We’d like to thank our customers on this line, who have put up with a lot of disruption due to mid-week and weekend engineer works.
“We’d also like to thank them for the way they worked with us during the innovative nine-day intensive stretch of works last May, which enabled Network Rail to complete the project earlier and with fewer mid-week and weekend works.
“Once we are over coronavirus, I’m sure customers will enjoy being able to travel on the Southend Victoria line at weekends, without part of the journey being by replacement bus.
“The next big change on this line, will be the introduction of our brand new state-of-the-art trains, later this year, which will complete its transformation into a modern 21st century railway.”
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