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Extensive engineering work to cause Christmas and New Year disruption for Greater Anglia passengers

Greater Anglia train passengers face disruption over Christmas and New Year caused by extensive engineering work.

Major station construction programmes, track and overhead line renewals, bridge demolitions and maintenance will be taking place.

At Cambridge South, a track realignment will enable construction of the station platforms to be delivered into the new year. There will also be work on the overhead line and signalling equipment and the new station building will continue to be constructed.

Network Rail will be working over Christmas and the New Year
Network Rail will be working over Christmas and the New Year

The Cambridge resignalling team will be installing signal gantries and associated equipment between Cambridge and Ely.

At Stratford, one kilometre of new overhead wire will be installed, completing all overhead wire renewals in this location, and track points will be renewed to improve reliability.

General maintenance work will be taking place across the network to take advantage of closures of the railway on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and maximise the amount of time there is to complete surveys, inspections and repairs.

An artist's impression of Cambridge South station
An artist's impression of Cambridge South station

Katie Frost, Network Rail's route director for Anglia, said: “Our programme of engineering work this Christmas is critical for upgrading and maintaining the railway ahead of the new year. Our engineers, maintenance crews, contractors and surveyors will be out on track over the entire Christmas period delivering this important work.

“We have a significant Christmas programme this year, particularly around Cambridge and Chelmsford to continue building new stations planned to open in 2025.

“I’d like to reassure passengers that we’ll be getting a huge amount done while trains aren’t running and I want to say thank you to our lineside neighbours for bearing with us while we’re out working hard in their communities.”

Greater Anglia trains will shut down early on Christmas Eve, with services being reduced from 7pm and stopping by 10pm. The exception is the Stansted Express between Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport. The last train to Stansted will depart the capital at 11.25pm. The last one from the airport will leave at 11.46pm, arriving in Liverpool Street at 12.36am on Christmas Day.

Stansted Express
Stansted Express

No trains will operate on Christmas Day. Boxing Day will see a half-hourly Stansted Express service run between Tottenham Hale and the airport, with the last train leaving London at 11.15pm and departing from the airport at 11.59pm.

Work to deliver Cambridge South station and the Cambridge resignalling programme will be continuing from December 27 to January 1, affecting services between Ely, Cambridge, Royston and Stansted Airport.

Greater Anglia trains from Liverpool Street to Cambridge will start and terminate at Audley End, connecting into rail replacement buses to/from Cambridge North via Cambridge.

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