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1996-10-21 RTK-001
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Railway resignalling on track

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21 October 1996
source Railtrack plc
type Press release

Good news is on the way for Chelmsford, Braintree and Witham commuters. A further stage of the project to update the Liverpool Street railway line has just been completed. New signalling equipment went live between Hatfield Peverel and Shenfield during a 56 hour shutdown of the line between Colchester and Shenfield last weekend (19/20 October).

Railtrack's £200 million scheme is installing new signalling, updating level crossings and simplifying old complex track layouts between Liverpool Street and Colchester.

Liverpool Street's high-tech signalling centre now looks after the line from Liverpool Street all the way to Ilford station, and from Harold Wood to Hatfield Peverel. Outdated equipment is being swept away and replaced by the some of the most up-to-date technology in the country.

The remaining work between Harold Wood and Ilford and from Hatfield Peverel to Colchester will be completed in four phases next year.

"We do appreciate how frustrating the work can be to those wanting to use the railway on Sundays and bank holidays but I think most travellers do understand that it is impossible to undertake a project of this size without causing disruption" said Michael Holden, Railtrack East Anglia's director.

"The project is progressing well but we still have a year's worth of work to do, and some Sunday disruption will be inevitable whilst the rest of the new equipment is being installed", he added.

"The good news is that the end result will be a much more reliable railway. The sections that we have already completed are working well and are a key factor in the recently improved train service performance on the line."

The project will finish in the Colchester area in autumn 1997.

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