The UK’s Network Rail has completed upgrade works on the Norwich-London mainline.

Forming part of its Railway Upgrade Plan, the work included installation of around 3km of rail track between Manningtree and Ardleigh, replacement of five overhead wire carrying structures on the line between Marks Tey and Colchester, rehabilitation of 120m of track and replacement of a new buffer stop at Colchester.

The engineers have also installed a 1.4km track loop near Trimley station under the £60.4m Felixstowe branch line improvement programme. This installation is expected to improve passenger and freight services across the line.

“These engineering works are vital to improving the railway in East Anglia for everyone, making it more reliable for generations to come.”

Network Rail Anglia route managing director Meliha Duymaz said: “We have made some major improvements over the bank holiday weekend, which will prevent delays and cancellations on the busy main line as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.

“Hundreds of services use this line every day, which causes wear on the track, bridges and other parts of the railway. That is why work like this is essential to keep services on the move.”

Further work is expected to be carried out to revamp the track between Colchester and Chelmsford.

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Greater Anglia managing director Jamie Burles said: “These engineering works are vital to improving the railway in East Anglia for everyone, making it more reliable for generations to come.”