Engineering works on Greater Anglia and c2c during the August bank holiday

Services are likely to be interrupted on the Greater Anglia and c2c network during the August Bank Holiday from Saturday 27 August to Monday 29 August, while Network Rail carries out essential track, signaling and overhead line maintenance.

The work is essential to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the services.

Rail replacement bus services will be in place and passengers are advised to check before travelling. No full-size bikes or electric scooters can be transported on the rail replacement buses.

Renewal of the track at Ipswich. Credit: Network Rail.

Work in progress includes:

  • Signage operates as part of Cambridge’s re-signalling scheme between Ipswich and Ely and Cambridge North;
  • Track Renewal at Elmswell Level Crossing’
  • Track structure, drainage and overhead cable works between Clapton and Chingford;
  • Overhead line works between Barking and Pitsea as part of the overhead line renewal program on the line between London and Shoeburyness (Sundays only);
  • Points runs between Fenchurch Street and Barking
  • The platform extension operates between Broxbourne and Hertford East and between Stratford and Meridian Water.

Passengers should check National Rail Inquiries for the latest information on which trains will be running.

Ipswich to Ely/Cambridge North

  • Buses will replace trains between Ipswich and Ely, and between Ipswich and Cambridge North.
  • A rail service will remain in operation between Ely and Peterborough.
  • A shuttle train service will also operate between Cambridge and Newmarket on Saturday only in connection with the Newmarket races.

From Liverpool Street to Cheshunt (local diversions)

  • Greater Anglia West Anglia / Stansted Express services will be diverted via Seven Sisters (Southbury road) instead of Tottenham Hale (Lea Valley road) until 06:00 on Saturday 27 August, until 08:15 on Sunday 28 August, and between 23:00: 15 on Sunday 28 and 05:00 on Monday 29 August.

Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness via Ockendon

  • Services will be diverted to Liverpool Street and will also call at Stratford but will not call at West Ham.
  • Until 07:00, engineering works will be extended to Upminster and services will start/end at Upminster.
  • Passengers must use London Underground services to complete their journey.
  • Services will be diverted via an alternative route between Upminster and Pitsea and will also call at Laindon and Basildon but will not call at stations via Ockendon or Tilbury. Replacement rail buses will operate between Upminster and Pitsea via Ockendon and Tilbury, while tickets will be accepted on District Line services between Upminster and Tower Hill and Jubilee line services between Stratford and West Ham.

Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness via Rainham

  • These services WILL NOT WORK. The rail replacement will operate between Upminster and Grays via Rainham and Purfleet, while passengers traveling to/from Dagenham Dock will be able to use their tickets on TfL EL2 or 287 bus routes.

Between Broxbourne and Hertford East

  • Saturday August 27 and Sunday August 28, buses will replace trains between Hertford East and Broxbourne.
  • Greater Anglia’s 17-day blockade on the Hertford East line ends on Monday August 29. More details are available at

Between Stratford and Meridian Water

  • Saturday 27 August and Sunday 28 August – Greater Anglia West Anglia services will not serve Stratford between 06:35 and 21:15 on Saturday and all day Sunday, except for the 21:42 service from Cambridge North to Stratford (arrival 23:13) which will work normally.
  • Greater Anglia West Anglia services will be diverted to London Liverpool Street via Seven Sisters and Hackney Downs.
  • No service will operate between Meridian Water and Stratford.
  • Stratford customers should change to Greater Anglia main line / Southend Victoria services from London Liverpool Street;
  • Customers traveling to/from Lea Bridge should use TfL buses between Lea Bridge and Stratford/Hackney Downs.

The rest of Anglia’s rail network, including main lines, will be open as normal.

Track relay train. Credit: Network Rail.

Ellie Burrows, Network Rail Routes Manager for Anglia, said:

“We are carrying out renewal and upgrade work across the entire network to improve reliability and avoid delays now and in the future. Passengers are advised to check before travelling. I want to thank passengers for their patience while we do this essential work.

Jamie Burles, Chief Executive of Greater Anglia, said:

“We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused by these projects, but it is essential for us to be able to run our new longer trains.

“Customers should check before traveling and allow extra time for their journeys.

“Where we can operate rail replacement buses, they will be fully accessible with additional staff on site to make the transition from train to bus as easy as possible.

“Customer response to our new trains has been fantastic. With their USB sockets and points, fast free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, improved accessibility features, dedicated spaces for bicycles and better passenger information screens, our new trains offer a much better travel experience.

Rob Mullen, MD of c2c, said:

“The work Network Rail is carrying out during the August Bank Holiday is essential to ensuring the safe and reliable operation of services over the long term.

“Some of our services will operate differently from normal with the replacement of rail in service on parts of our route. We ask our customers to check before traveling during the Summer Bank Holiday.

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