Cross country line set to reopen on Monday after track at Ely is repaired

The derailed freight train has been cleared and the track at Ely should reopen on Monday.

The derailed freight train has been cleared and the track at Ely should reopen on Monday. - Credit: Archant

Engineers from Network Rail are expected to work around the clock this weekend to ensure the rail line between East Anglia and the rest of the country is open again by Monday morning.

The derailed freight train has been cleared and the track at Ely should reopen on Monday.

The derailed freight train has been cleared and the track at Ely should reopen on Monday. - Credit: Archant

That will be a week after it was closed when a freight train came off the track just west of Ely.

The accident blocked the line between Ely and Peterborough, forcing Greater Anglia to hire buses to take passengers from Bury St Edmunds to Peterborough – adding up to an hour to their journeys.

The last of the 11 freight trucks that came off the line were removed by Friday morning allowing engineers to start work repairing the track and ballast which was seriously damaged by the incident.

Simon Ancona, Network Rail’s chief operating officer for Anglia, said: “We’ve made excellent progress and have moved all the wagons from the track.

“We’re now starting extensive repair work to replace the damaged track over a quarter of a mile stretch.

“Our engineers are working tirelessly to complete this so we can reopen the line on Monday as planned so passengers will be on the move once again. I’d like to thank passengers for their continued patience.”