c2c train users delays across the summer holidays with six weekends of engineering work

c2c trains will be disrupted during June and July
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Rail users planning any holidays that might involve using c2c should prepare for some disruption due to six weekends of engineering work. Engineers will be working to maintain the safety and reliability of the rail infrastructure between Fenchurch Street and Barking, undertaking a range of activities.

The work is set to take place over six weekends beginning on June 1/2 and ending on July 6/7. It includes inspection of bridges and structures at various locations across the network, new rails being installed at Fenchurch Street and maintenance of the rails that provide power to trains around West Ham station.

There will also be sewer inspections around West Ham to identify drainage issues and clearance of overgrown vegetation that affects train services. It means some train services will not stop at certain stations whilst others will operate as a shuttle only.

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Services on c2c's Basildon line will be diverted to London Liverpool Street and stop at Stratford. They will not stop at Limehouse or West Ham. Passengers with tickets can use Jubilee services between Stratford and West Ham, and DLR services between Tower Gateway, Limehouse and Stratford/West Ham.

Train services will operate as a rail shuttle between Upminster to Grays via Ockendon and Chafford Hundred only. Passengers heading towards London or Southend should switch trains at Upminster or Grays.

On the Rainham line, services will be diverted to Liverpool Street and stop at Stratford but will not call at Limehouse or West Ham. Passengers with tickets can use the Jubilee line between Stratford and West Ham, or the DLR services between Tower Gateway, Limehouse, and Stratford/West Ham. These services will continue to Shoeburyness.

Mark Walker, Network Rail Anglia route infrastructure engineer, said: "A well-maintained railway enables efficiency and safety. Although closing a busy line is never ideal, every improvement, inspection, survey, and maintenance task underscores our dedication to passenger safety and enhances service reliability for both passengers and freight operators. We appreciate the patience of all our customers during these necessary tasks."

c2c Managing Director Rob Mullen added: "The work Network Rail is carrying out during these weekends in June and early July is essential in keeping our services running safely and reliably in the longer term.

"We appreciate that for some of our customers these engineering works will impact their journeys and we would advise them to check before they travel. "

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