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Disruption warning for rail users

Network Rail is warning of disruption on the West Coast Mainline this weekend, because of engineering work on much of the line.

Track renewal work at Weedon in Northamptonshire means trains will be diverted via Northampton. Network Rail says all of the work will mean either longer journeys or bus replacement services, and is advising passengers to check before they travel.

The work begins late on Friday evening, and will continue through until Tuesday morning.

"These upgrades will help to provide a more reliable railway which is essential as more people choose to travel by train. There is never a good time to carry out work of this nature but we have worked with the train operators to plan it to cause the least amount of disruption and make sure passengers can plan or make alternative arrangements. I apologise for any inconvenience caused."

– Martin Frobisher, Network Rail

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.


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

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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