Future engineering work

PAGE LAST UPDATED: 05/03/2021 01:15. Update now

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 to / from Clacton-on-Sea / Walton-on-the-Naze from Saturday 20 February to Sunday 14 March

Start date
20/02/2021  00:00
End date
Route affected
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Greater Anglia to / from Clacton-on-Sea / Walton-on-the-Naze

TOC(s) affected
Greater Anglia

Major engineering work on the signalling equipment and overhead line equipment is taking place between Colchester Town and Clacton-on-Sea / Walton-on-the-Naze, closing all lines.


Buses will replace trains between Colchester Town and Clacton-on-Sea / Walton-on-the-Naze. Train services will run between Colchester and Colchester Town.


Buses will replace trains between Colchester and Clacton-on-Sea / Walton-on-the-Naze.

Monday to Friday:

Buses will replace trains between Thorpe-le-Soken and Clacton-on-Sea, and between Frinton-on-Sea and Clacton-on-Sea.

Trains that usually run between London Liverpool Street and Clacton-on-Sea will be amended to run between London Liverpool Street and Walton-on-the-Naze.

Check before you travel:

If you are travelling on or before Saturday 13 March, you can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

Although journey planners are showing correctly, your journey may be subject to alteration at short notice due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Please check before your journey.

If you are travelling on Sunday 14 March, these changes are not currently shown in the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, please check back nearer to the time of travel.

Replacement Bus Travel Advice:

For helpful advice if you need to travel on a rail replacement service, including accessibility and bicycle information, please use this page.

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

Project Information:

Passengers in the Clacton-on-Sea area will benefit from a significant upgrade in reliability and safety when a computer-based signalling system goes live as Network Rail continues major upgrade work.

The new computer-based signalling system will control the movement of trains more effectively and provide better live passenger information.

This will replace the current system which uses mechanical levers and pulleys to change signals and track points, to allow trains to switch between tracks. The new system will be controlled from a powered signal box at Colchester.