Check before you travel before this Easter weekend

Published on: Tuesday, 27 March 2018
Last updated: Monday, 9 March 2020

Greater Anglia is reminding train passengers to check before they travel over the Easter weekend as some timetables have been altered due to bank holidays and engineering works.

Trains between Ingatestone and Liverpool Street will be replaced by rail replacement buses from Good Friday to Easter Monday as Network Rail continues with work to improve the reliability of overhead wires and tracks on the outskirts of Liverpool Street.

Customers can travel as far as Ingatestone by train and then travel by rail replacement bus to Newbury Park, where they can catch the Tube to Liverpool Street, using their Greater Anglia ticket.

On the Southend Victoria line, buses will run from Billericay to Newbury Park throughout the Easter weekend.

Extra staff will be on hand to help customers transfer between train, bus and Tube.

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia Managing Director, said: “We understand that customers would much rather stay on the train for the whole of their journeys, but these works are essential for the future of the railway in East Anglia.

“Together with Network Rail, we are transforming rail travel in this region. We are investing in £1.4 billion of brand new trains which will be longer, with more seats, plug points, free fast wifi and air conditioning.

“At the same time, Network Rail is investing hundreds of millions of pounds on upgrading the track, overhead lines and signals across our network so that we can run a more reliable service.

“We’ve got just under 300 buses booked for the Easter weekend to make sure that our customers can all complete their journeys.”

From Saturday to Easter Monday, rail replacement buses will run between Hythe and Colchester stations, while Essex County Council carries out repairs to the bridge over the railway on the A133 at Cowdray Avenue, in Colchester.

Customers across the rest of the network should check before they travel for details of bank holiday timetables on the Greater Anglia website, Twitter or app.

Find out about family Easter days out ideas in East Anglia here