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Work to start on crucial rail junction

Network Rail Credit: PA

Work is about to start to improve an Essex rail juntion. The section of track at Pitsea, near Basildon, will be closed every weekend for three months starting this weekend.

Rail company C2C and Network Rail are carrying out the works, they say it will allow trains to travel faster through the area.

You can find more details on the C2C website.

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Health and safety breaches did not lead to level crossing death

The Motts Lane crossing at Witham, where Michal Majzner was killed. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

An investigation into an accident at a level crossing in Essex where a cyclist was killed has found no evidence that breaches in health and safety laws contributed to his death.

Michal Majzner, who was 30, died after being hit by a train at the Motts Lane crossing in Witham in January last year.

The report by the Office of Rail Regulation has backed Network Rail's plan to build a bridge at the site to remove any further risk to safety.

Still a "massive amount" to do on level-crossing safety, says mother

Olivia Bazlinton and Charlotte Thompson who were killed on the level crossing at Elsenham in 2005.

Network Rail needs to do a "massive amount" to make level crossings safer, the parent of a teenager killed by a train has told MPs.

Tina Hughes, who now works with the firm on improving crossings, said Network Rail had made changes but were only "scratching the surface" of what needed to be done.

Ms Hughes's daughter Olivia Bazlinton, 14, and her friend Charlotte Thompson, 13, were hit by a train in 2005 as they crossed the tracks at Elsenham in Essex.

Ms Hughes, who works with Network Rail as its "level crossing user champion", told MPs: "I believe that they have made very significant changes but they are only just scratching the surface of the things that they need to do. There is a massive amount of work that needs to be done."

Olivia's father Chris Bazlinton, appearing alongside Ms Hughes in front of MPs on the Transport Select Committee, said he believed information about their deaths had been covered up in a "conspiracy of silence".

Station upgrade to be done by Christmas-time

Peterborough Station
The station upgrade is due to be completed 28 December Credit: ITV News Anglia

Network Rail says that £45 million pounds worth of improvements to Peterborough Station should be finished by just after Christmas.

The revamped station is due to be ready for passengers by the 28th of December. The upgrades include new lifts and platforms, and a better signalling system.

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More than 93% of Greater Anglia trains 'on time'

Greater Anglia has reported that more than 93% of its trains were on time last month.

Abellio, which runs Greater Anglia, said punctuality of its Metro & Southend trains was at 95%, West Anglia service punctuality was at 94.7%, Mainline at 92.5%, Stansted Express at 91.9% and Rural at 91.8%.

Ruud Haket, Managing Director Greater Anglia said: “Our relentless focus on delivering better train service punctuality is positively reflected in these latest performance statistics."

East Coast had most late trains last month

East Coast Credit: PA

East Coast rail had the most late-running trains last month, according to figures from Network Rail.

East Coast was able to run only 82.8% of trains on time, making it the poorest-performing train operator.

Across all train companies, a total of 91.4% of trains ran on time in the period March 3 to March 31, compared with 93.4% for the same period last year.

Rail investment welcomed by Stansted Airport

Officials at Stansted Airport in Essex have welcomed plans by Network Rail to spend more than £2 billion improving the rail infrastructure in our region.

More than £35 billion is set to be invested across the UK, over the next five years.

Airport bosses hope the plans will help to make the 'Stansted in 30' campaign a reality.

Essex County Council also welcomed the announcement, acknowledging the need for an improved rail infrastructure for commuters, business and the economy in this region.

Derrick Louis, Essex County Councilor for Highways and Transportation said:

“Essex is planning significant growth over the next few years, which will place increased pressure on our rail network... We hope that the planned schemes and infrastructure improvements will increase the capacity and reliability of the rail service in our region, providing significant improvements to the infrastructure and rolling stock.

“While the proposed £2.2bn investment set out by Network Rail will cater for growth in the coming years, we believe that further investment will be needed for new railway infrastructure in the long-term, and we will continue to press for this”.

– Essex County Council
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