UK’s Network Rail is set to upgrade the tracks around Colchester station to meet the increasing passenger traffic on the Great Eastern Main Line, with an investment of £7m.
Works to renovate the line’s ageing infrastructure will take place during weekends from May through July. In addition, the extension of platform six at the station is planned for 2015.
Some of the railway lines around Colchester will be closed, due to the improvement works.
Network Rail Anglia route managing director Richard Schofield said: "We are investing millions of pounds to upgrade the tracks at Colchester station so that passengers across Anglia get more reliable and punctual trains. This is urgently required work and will deliver a much better level of service to the growing number of passengers that rely on rail services."
UK train operating company Abellio Greater Anglia has modified its timetable in order to provide passengers with extra time to transfer trains while travelling to Ipswich and Norwich through Colchester.
Abellio Greater Anglia customer service manager for Colchester Tanya Jacques said: "By changing trains at Colchester instead, we can help to minimise the inconvenience for rail passengers, whilst ensuring the improvements which will deliver a more reliable service for our customers, are carried out efficiently.
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"We will also be providing additional staff to assist customers changing from one service to another in doing all we can to ensure a seamless level of service whilst these works take place. Customers can obtain full details of the service alterations at our local stations and website."
Image: Upgrade at Colchester station will provide more reliable journeys for passengers on Great Eastern Main Line. Photo: courtesy of Network Rail.