Great news for families across Essex and the surrounding region today as Greater Anglia have announced that there will not be engineering works over the Christmas period. This means that families will not have to struggle across Essex on bus replacement services with their bundles of presents and food as has happened in previous years.
Greater Anglia have confirmed that the mainline which runs from Norwich, through Ipswich, Colchester and Chelmsford and on to London Liverpool Street will not experience any “significant pre-planned engineering work” over any weekend in December.
However, unplanned work may still have to be done, and they state no “significant” work, which means they may be planning some minor work. However, it is assumed this will be done at night.
Network Rail have already completed their autumn programme of overhead line improvements on the mainline route between Shenfield and Chelmsford.
Less Weekend Disruption in 2013
Also Greater Anglia have announced that they have agreed with Network Rail to keep all weekend work in 2013 to a minimum, which again will make the lives of many travellers so much better.
Source: No Significant Alterations To Greater Anglia’s Mainline Services in December – Greater Anglia website, 27 Nov 2012.
Free Wi-Fi at 100 Greater Anglia Stations
All commuters and travellers will soon have access to free Wi-fi courtesy of Greater Anglia. They are adding Wi-fi to 100 stations which means you can stay up to date with news, emails, Facebook and Twitter while you wait for your train. The next step is to have Wi-fi on all trains – hopefully we will be able to report this sometime next year.