Train Disruption Over Easter Break

There are major changes to train services on the Norwich to London line this Easter Weekend due to upgrading engineering works.

Over Sunday 5th and Monday 6th April there will be changes to several parts of the line, including:


  • Closure of the Great Eastern Mainline between London Liverpool Street and Ingatestone/Wickford on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th April. Passengers travelling beyond Ingatestone/Wickford will be able to use the Central Line to Newbury Park, where a bus replacement service will take passengers to Ingatestone and Wickford. Passengers travelling between London Liverpool Street and Ingatestone/Wickford are advised to take the Central Line service to Stratford, then take the TfL Route 86 bus stopping at all stations to Romford, where a bus replacement service will continue to Ingatestone/Wickford.
  • Bus replacement services will operate on the East Suffolk branch line between Ipswich and Saxmundham/Felixstowe Town on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th April
  • Early morning service alterations on the Liverpool Street to Stansted line on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th April

Network Rail are advising everybody who is planning to travel by train this Easter weekend to check before they travel by visiting, to ensure that they plan ahead for any service changes.

Network Rail is investing £170m on the Great Eastern Main Line in 2015, and these works are part of those improvements. We will be upgrading overhead lines at Chadwell Heath, Romford and Ilford on the main line between Ingatestone in Essex and London Liverpool Street, and upgrading track at Brentwood to prepare for Crossrail services.

In January 2015, Network Rail started to renew the track foundations between Norwich and Stowmarket. This work will continue for the rest of the year and into 2016. Upgrades are being carried out on Saturdays and Sunday nights, and on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays from mid-to-late evening onwards to avoid the peak periods when most commuters will be travelling.

On the East Suffolk branch line, between Ipswich and Saxmundham/Felixstowe Town, we will be carrying out Bridge Survey works on two structures on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th April.

The North London Line will be closed between Stratford and Camden Road on Sunday 5th April in order for work to be carried out in preparation for five car trains.

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