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Rail investment: Midland main line

Rail infrastructure set for investment Credit: ITV Anglia

At the moment commuters have to settle for a diesel railway with an ageing infrastructure, by 2020 they'll get to travel on one of the most modern electric railways in Europe.

The overhead lines will be built using the latest technology for reliability and efficiency, whilst signalling will be controlled from Network Rail's state of the art control centre in Derby.

  • £60m could be saved every year once the line is electrified from Bedford to Sheffield. This will also reduce carbon emissions by 13,000 tonnes annually.
  • Thameslink: By 2018, there will be up to 24 services through central London as part of Thameslink, the majority of which will be 12-car trains. The Thameslink programme will also provide passengers from Cambridge with new trains and more destinations.

Rail investment: Anglia Route

Railway investment plans Credit: ITV Anglia

Anglia Route: lines out of Liverpool Street including Great Eastern main line

There are several big developments on this line. The completion of the overhead line upgrade on the Great Eastern main line, track renewal and new signalling is a major component of the 2014 - 2019 plans.

Another priority is finishing the Crossrail service from Shenfield to Liverpool Street.

That development will lead to:

  • More seats and direct services to Thames Valley, central London and Heathrow Airport.
  • New Crossrail station at Liverpool Street will free up platform space, enabling opportunities for more services on the Great Eastern main line.

In addition Network Rail are committed to examining how to improve journey times on the line.


Network rail court case

Network Rail executives will appear before Chelmsford Crown Court following the death of worker who was fixing overhead power cables in Essex.

The scene of the fatal accident Credit: ITV Anglia

Three men were in a basket fixing the lines at Margaretting when they fell 15 feet on to the track in June 2008.

Malcolm Slater, who was 64, suffered spinal injuries and later died. His two colleagues were injured. The company will be prosecuted under the Health and Safety at Work act.

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Rail misery for thousands after cable theft

Metal thieves caused chaos today by stealing cables from a line in Bedfordshire.

The theft affected the Midland Main Line just north of Flitwick - stopping services running between Bedford and Luton.

The effect was felt on services stretching almost 200 miles - as far south as Brighton, and as far north as Derby. Russell Hookey reports.


Greater Anglia worse on punctuality

Latest figures show new operator Greater Anglia slightly worse on punctuality than its predecessor Network Rail Credit: ITV Anglia

The latest train punctuality figures show services run by new operator Greater Anglia were slightly worse than its predecessor National Express.

According to the figures, 91.8 per cent of Greater Anglia's trains arrived on time last month compared with 92 per cent for National Express East Anglia last year.

But the Dutch owned firm say it performed well later in the month and figures for the intercity services between Norwich and London were better than at any time in the last two years.

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