c2c commuters face three months of misery

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WEEKEND and Easter commuters in south Essex are facing three months of woe due to ongoing engineering works.

Network Rail and c2c will be replacing a junction at Pitsea station inamovewhich will double the line speed from 25mph to 50mph.

Buses will replace trains between Benfleet, Basildon and Stanford-le-Hope for ten of the next 12 weekends, including all four days of the Easter weekend and the May bank holiday, while the 1970s infrastructure is replaced with the latest equipment.

A direct bus service will also be running from Canvey to Basildon. Trains will run as normal on the other sections of the line, between London and Basildon, London and Stanford-le-Hope, and Benfleet and Shoebury.

Gavin Armstrong, director of Route Asset Management for Network Rail, said: “This is a significant improvement scheme that will help reduce engineering work in the area for the ever growing number of passengers travelling between Pitsea and Fenchurch Street.

“There is never a good time to deliver work on the railway.

“However, it is vital we can carry out this investment over the weekends, when fewer people would travel causing less disruption.”

Julian Drury, managing director of c2c, said: “We’re sorry journeys will be disrupted on these weekends, and ask people to bear with us while we get them to their destination as fast as we can.

“We hope this will be worth it though, as the intensive work over the next three months will reduce the disruption caused to passengers by engineering work for the next 40 years.”

Peter Slattery, chairman of the Southend Rail Travellers’ Association, said: “The work needs to be done and I think it will be the case of short-term pain for long-term gain.”

 

When will the work take place?

March:
-Sunday 2nd March
-Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th March
-Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th March
-Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd March
-Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th March
April:
-Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th April
-Friday 18th – Monday 21st April (Easter weekend)
-Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th April
May:
-Sunday 4th May – Monday 5th May (Bank holiday)
-Sunday 18th May

The rail companies said the dates have been scheduled for the spring to make it less likely that bad weather will slow them down.
A full service will be operating for the weekend of London Marathon on Sunday 13th April.

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1:55pm Sun 2 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

It will only affect the weekend warriors, the families day out brigade and the desperate, it has to be done, so as to be able to get us bankers to the vaults, on time...
It will only affect the weekend warriors, the families day out brigade and the desperate, it has to be done, so as to be able to get us bankers to the vaults, on time... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
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1:56pm Sun 2 Mar 14

profondo asbo says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
It will only affect the weekend warriors, the families day out brigade and the desperate, it has to be done, so as to be able to get us bankers to the vaults, on time...
the taxpayer vaults to take a bit more of our money?
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: It will only affect the weekend warriors, the families day out brigade and the desperate, it has to be done, so as to be able to get us bankers to the vaults, on time...[/p][/quote]the taxpayer vaults to take a bit more of our money? profondo asbo
  • Score: 0

1:59pm Sun 2 Mar 14

profondo asbo says...

actually that should have been all of our money plus a bit more...
actually that should have been all of our money plus a bit more... profondo asbo
  • Score: 1

5:37pm Sun 2 Mar 14

yagetme says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
It will only affect the weekend warriors, the families day out brigade and the desperate, it has to be done, so as to be able to get us bankers to the vaults, on time...
When it comes to being dependent on State handouts, your lot make Benefits Street look like a road of bungling amateurs.

Bankers and politicians, the biggest spongers out there.
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: It will only affect the weekend warriors, the families day out brigade and the desperate, it has to be done, so as to be able to get us bankers to the vaults, on time...[/p][/quote]When it comes to being dependent on State handouts, your lot make Benefits Street look like a road of bungling amateurs. Bankers and politicians, the biggest spongers out there. yagetme
  • Score: 3

5:51pm Sun 2 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

yagetme wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma

kessense
wrote:
It will only affect the weekend warriors, the families day out brigade and the desperate, it has to be done, so as to be able to get us bankers to the vaults, on time...
When it comes to being dependent on State handouts, your lot make Benefits Street look like a road of bungling amateurs.

Bankers and politicians, the biggest spongers out there.
Your only jellous,
[quote][p][bold]yagetme[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: It will only affect the weekend warriors, the families day out brigade and the desperate, it has to be done, so as to be able to get us bankers to the vaults, on time...[/p][/quote]When it comes to being dependent on State handouts, your lot make Benefits Street look like a road of bungling amateurs. Bankers and politicians, the biggest spongers out there.[/p][/quote]Your only jellous, carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -4

6:13pm Sun 2 Mar 14

A.I.K. says...

Pretty obvious this was coming after their "apology" this week!
Pretty obvious this was coming after their "apology" this week! A.I.K.
  • Score: 1

7:13pm Sun 2 Mar 14

maxmolloy says...

Actually, a lot of people do work on Sunday's, myself included. There are many fellow workers on the train on a Sunday and our journey is severely disrupted and delayed. Getting home from work today took twice as long as normal. It's pretty annoying.
Actually, a lot of people do work on Sunday's, myself included. There are many fellow workers on the train on a Sunday and our journey is severely disrupted and delayed. Getting home from work today took twice as long as normal. It's pretty annoying. maxmolloy
  • Score: 4

9:30am Mon 3 Mar 14

Feminism is Dead says...

This is a misleading headline since most commuters do not work at weekends.
This is a misleading headline since most commuters do not work at weekends. Feminism is Dead
  • Score: 0

11:10am Mon 3 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

This sort of work has to be done some time or else the line/track would get progressively worse and affect the day to day running of services for years to come.


Then there would be real woe and misery.

Damned when they do and eternally damned if they didn't. ...
This sort of work has to be done some time or else the line/track would get progressively worse and affect the day to day running of services for years to come. Then there would be real woe and misery. Damned when they do and eternally damned if they didn't. ... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 4

1:52pm Mon 3 Mar 14

andy:) says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
yagetme wrote:
carnmountyouknowitma


kessense
wrote:
It will only affect the weekend warriors, the families day out brigade and the desperate, it has to be done, so as to be able to get us bankers to the vaults, on time...
When it comes to being dependent on State handouts, your lot make Benefits Street look like a road of bungling amateurs.

Bankers and politicians, the biggest spongers out there.
Your only jellous,
Grammar police anyone ?

You are only jealous :)
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yagetme[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: It will only affect the weekend warriors, the families day out brigade and the desperate, it has to be done, so as to be able to get us bankers to the vaults, on time...[/p][/quote]When it comes to being dependent on State handouts, your lot make Benefits Street look like a road of bungling amateurs. Bankers and politicians, the biggest spongers out there.[/p][/quote]Your only jellous,[/p][/quote]Grammar police anyone ? You are only jealous :) andy:)
  • Score: 6

5:08pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Crime Pays says...

maxmolloy wrote:
Actually, a lot of people do work on Sunday's, myself included. There are many fellow workers on the train on a Sunday and our journey is severely disrupted and delayed. Getting home from work today took twice as long as normal. It's pretty annoying.
Better off being on the dole. Get everything like me.
[quote][p][bold]maxmolloy[/bold] wrote: Actually, a lot of people do work on Sunday's, myself included. There are many fellow workers on the train on a Sunday and our journey is severely disrupted and delayed. Getting home from work today took twice as long as normal. It's pretty annoying.[/p][/quote]Better off being on the dole. Get everything like me. Crime Pays
  • Score: -2

11:23am Tue 4 Mar 14

Gavin_Journo says...

Why put such a hysterical headline and claim that commuters are going to suffer? You then explain that work will only be at weekends, thus not affecting the vast majority of commuters. Your shrieky headline makes it sound like bad news, when it fact the work actually is essential engineering work and will cut journey times and improve reliability. How is that causing commuters misery?
Why put such a hysterical headline and claim that commuters are going to suffer? You then explain that work will only be at weekends, thus not affecting the vast majority of commuters. Your shrieky headline makes it sound like bad news, when it fact the work actually is essential engineering work and will cut journey times and improve reliability. How is that causing commuters misery? Gavin_Journo
  • Score: 3

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