Future engineering work

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See details of routes affected by planned engineering works, including when they take effect, maps of the affected area, alternative timetables, advice for alternative travel and real-time updates.

Buses replace trains each night from 21:25 between Wickford and Southend Victoria from Monday 24 to Wednesday 26 September

Start date
24/09/2018  00:00
End date
Route affected

Between London Liverpool Street and Southend Victoria

TOC(s) affected
Greater Anglia

Each night, work on the overhead power cables is being undertaken between Wickford and Southend Victoria, closing all lines from 21:20.

The last direct trains to run will be:

  • 20:13 from London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria
  • 21:00 from Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street

Additionally the 20:35 Liverpool Lime Street to Southend Victoria will run non-stop between Wickford and Southend Victoria. A connecting bus service will run between Wickford and Southend Victoria calling at all stations.

After the last trains have run, buses will operate between Wickford and Southend Victoria / Southminster, with the exception of the 00:15 / 00:50 departures from London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria which will not run.

Customers should travel either on the 00:18 / 00:50 London Liverpool Street to Witham and change at Shenfield for connecting bus service for stations to Southend Victoria.

Check before you travel:

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

You can find the location of your bus replacement by checking station signs or by searching for your station on our station information pages


Non folding bicycles are not allowed on rail replacement bus services at any time. Folding bicycles are allowed if fully folded. For more information, please see here.

Project Information:

Work on the next phase of a £46m programme that will transform travel on the Southend Victoria branch line will take place on weeknights until May as part of Britain's Railway Upgrade Plan.

Over the last year, engineers have installed over 100 structures that will carry new overhead wires and between Shenfield and Southend Victoria and over 1km of overhead wire between Shenfield and Billericay. This marks the start of work to install 128km of overhead wire on the whole line to reduce delays caused by sagging overhead wires.