Pitsea junction on the c2c line will be replaced over Easter Bank Holiday weekend

Southend Standard: Work on c2c line over Easter Work on c2c line over Easter

COMMUTERS will face disruption at Pitsea this Easter holiday.

Track engineering work will take place at Pitsea Station this weekend to replace a junction, with service returning back to normal by Tuesday.

Buses will be laid on to ferry residents from Pitsea to Basildon and Stanford-Le-Hope as the section of the track at Pitsea is closed off.

The aim of the project is to double the line-speed at that section of the track from 25mph to 50mph, and reduce the number of days that the section of track needs to be closed for engineering work each year by 75 per cent.

Engineers from Network Rail will be working more than 4,500 hours collectively during the Easter weekend to make sure it is finished with minimum disruption to passengers.

Richard Schofield, Network Rail Anglia Route Managing Director, said: “We are continuing to deliver a more reliable railway for passengers travelling in Anglia.

“There is never a good time to close this part of the railway but this work is essential to improve train services for the millions of passengers who travel on this route every year.

“Fewer people travel at this time to allow for the work to be completed.”

During the engineering work, c2c is running replacement buses between Benfleet to Basildon and Stanford-le-Hope.

There will also be direct buses from Canvey Island to Basildon to save residents travelling to Benfleet Station first, and a bus calling at Pitsea and Stanford-le-Hope.

The rest of the line will be running as usual.

c2c managing director Julian Drury said: “Thank you to our passengers for bearing with us during this engineering project.

“With over 90,000 passengers using c2c every weekday, it’s definitely best that we take advantage of the long weekend to get so much work done.

“This project will be our focus while most of our customers are on their weekend break, so we can ensure the railway is ready to return to action on Tuesday morning.”

Southend Standard: Pitsea junction track

The three month project, that began Sunday March 2, will also replace 1,500 concrete sleepers.

Works will continue every weekend until May 18.

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4:01pm Thu 17 Apr 14

jolllyboy says...

Why is it that school holidays have to take the brunt. Do railways not realise that is when we may like to take the kids to london.
Why is it that school holidays have to take the brunt. Do railways not realise that is when we may like to take the kids to london. jolllyboy
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4:07pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Broadwaywatch says...

It might be something to do with double time
It might be something to do with double time Broadwaywatch
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4:27pm Thu 17 Apr 14

MHWoods says...

I think you will find that most commuters will, by definition, not be commuting over the Bank Holiday weekend. It hits the leisure traveller for sure but given that much of the company's income comes from those who use the service daily then fewer people are inconvenienced. There is an alternative bus service. Not perfect but at least you can get to and from where you want to travel. It is not about double time but it about getting as much work done - including working all night - in the least possible time.
I think you will find that most commuters will, by definition, not be commuting over the Bank Holiday weekend. It hits the leisure traveller for sure but given that much of the company's income comes from those who use the service daily then fewer people are inconvenienced. There is an alternative bus service. Not perfect but at least you can get to and from where you want to travel. It is not about double time but it about getting as much work done - including working all night - in the least possible time. MHWoods
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5:26pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Howard Cháse says...

Damned if they do and doubly damned if they don't and there's an accident or delays or more days out of service.

They are laying on a bus link so apart from a bit of extra time and a slight inconvenience what's the big deal?
Damned if they do and doubly damned if they don't and there's an accident or delays or more days out of service. They are laying on a bus link so apart from a bit of extra time and a slight inconvenience what's the big deal? Howard Cháse
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7:56am Fri 18 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

Who in their right mind would want to visit Pitsea ?
Who in their right mind would want to visit Pitsea ? CarnMountification
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