EUR 3 billion for Anglia rail route improvement

Anglia rail route Network Rail will improve the Anglia rail route with a GBP 2.6 billion (EUR 3 billion) funding under the Control Period 7 five-year programme which will deliver “the best level of train performance possible.”

Improvements will be delivered at London Liverpool Street station, now Britain’s busiest station, to improve the passenger experience. These include doubling the number of ticket gates in front of platforms 1-10 by moving retail units to improve pedestrian flow and reducing bottlenecks and congestion as people board or alight their trains. Plans to modernise the public address system will provide clearer and easier to understand information for passengers.  The train shed roof will also be renewed bringing more natural light into the station as well as improved resilience against increased rainfall.

Network Rail Anglia is also continuing to improve accessibility by trialling new technology and investing in accessibility research to ensure the needs of passengers are at the centre of its decision making when considering station improvements. The delivery of accessibility solutions during CP7, including those at Grays and Chalkwell in Essex will mean that everyone can enjoy the freedom of the railway.

With 720 level crossing locations across Anglia, more than any other route, reducing risk and improving safety will be a priority. Whether through the provision of technology to enhance existing crossings or closing level crossings where there are alternative routes, it will help make the railway safer for everyone.

Infrastructure upgrades will include completing a major re-signalling project in Cambridgeshire which will replace almost 700 signalling assets and provide a digital ready state-of-the-art signalling system for the wider area.

During this new control period, major enhancements in the shape of two new stations will be delivered and planned to open in 2025 at Cambridge South and at Beaulieu Park in Chelmsford.

Examples of other works include completing a renewal of the switches and crossings, which enable trains to move across tracks, at Forest Gate, Marks Tey and Halifax Junction on the Great Eastern Main Line, improving reliability of these crucial and busy junctions.

Each route in Network Rail, including Anglia will also target the challenge of climate resilience, a critical area for focus by the whole industry.

The Anglia rail route already has some of the best performing rail services in the country and it has seen huge investments to improve the existing infrastructure over the last decade. The route is part of Network Rail’s Eastern Region including Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and parts of Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Greater London.


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