Southend rail passengers advised to check before they travel this Easter

Published on: Wednesday, 10 April 2019
Last updated: Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Rail passengers in the Southend are advised to check before they travel this Easter, as Network Rail is carrying out overhead line improvement work.

While this work is taking place Greater Anglia will be drafting in rail replacement bus services to ensure that you can still travel, so although journeys will take a bit longer than usual, the railway is still open and you can still reach your destination.

Additional staff will also be on hand to held passengers, direct them to the buses and provide information and assistance to make the process as smooth as possible.

The work is part of a £46m project to replace the entire overhead wiring system and structures on the railway between Southend Victoria and Shenfield.

Martin Moran, Greater Anglia’s Commercial and Customer Service Director, said: “Network Rail will be carrying out some engineering work and we would advise passengers to check before they travel.

“We know customers would rather stay on the train for the whole of their journey, but I’d like to reassure passengers that we will have plenty of rail replacement buses and extra staff to make sure that they can complete their journeys at weekends and during the remaining mid-week works.

“We and Network Rail are investing heavily in the railway in the Southend area so that it will be more reliable and served by modern state of the art trains.”

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