More track closures to come after East Anglian line’s holiday shutdown

Network Rail is carrying out more work on the main line during the autumn. Picture: NETWORK RAIL

Network Rail is carrying out more work on the main line during the autumn. Picture: NETWORK RAIL - Credit: Archant

The main rail route from East Anglia to London is closed again on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday to enable Network Rail engineers to do more upgrade work between Shenfield and Liverpool Street.

Passengers heading to and from the capital will have to use a bus link between Ingatestone and Newbury Park tube station on the Central Line – and will need to allow an extra hour in each direction for their journeys.

But there is a normal service for people visiting the capital on Saturday.

The Bank Holiday disruption is the curtain-raiser for an autumn of disruption for weekend travellers as Network Rail engineers carry out work at different points on the Great Eastern Main Line between London, Ipswich, Colchester, and Norwich.

In September there is work near Ipswich station during the middle of the month which will mean there are no Sunday trains between Manningtree and Stowmarket or Woodbridge.

In October there are line closures between Marks Tey and Witham – and at the end of that month there are further line closures nearer London with the Ingatestone-Newbury Park shuttle resuming.

This will continue during much of November – although the lines should be clear over the Remembrance weekend of November 11/12 to allow people to get and from major events.

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Details of closures for the rest of the year have still to be agreed, but there is expected to be another major shutdown over the Christmas/New Year period.

Meanwhile Greater Anglia has issued a list of some of the more unusual items left on trains.

As well as more common items like wallets, tickets and mobile phones, other items found on trains include a saxophone, prams pushchairs and a prosthetic leg.

Andrew Goodrum, Customer Service Director, said: “Our teams work hard to reunite people with their items of lost property. However, we always encourage people to take a good look around when leaving the train, to make sure they have all of their belongings.

“I am pleased that our colleagues have recently reunited owners with their musical instruments, as these are often very sentimental.”

Information about how to claim lost property can be found here.

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