Plans are on track to improve railway

PUBLISHED: 15:12 26 April 2007 | UPDATED: 10:19 31 May 2010

Vic Dads, third from left caught the goose and returned him to the castle, together with his Balfour Beatty colleagues 		  Picture: SUBMITTED

Vic Dads, third from left caught the goose and returned him to the castle, together with his Balfour Beatty colleagues Picture: SUBMITTED

NETWORK Rail has announced that it intends to improve services linking Cambridge and London Liverpool Street as part of a 10-year strategy. Extra carriages and additional tracks have been included in its Route Utilisation Strategy, which has been drawn up

NETWORK Rail has announced that it intends to improve services linking Cambridge and London Liverpool Street as part of a 10-year strategy.

Extra carriages and additional tracks have been included in its Route Utilisation Strategy, which has been drawn up to deal with the increase in rail use predicted over the next decade.

The railway operator said that by 2016 the number of peak passenger journeys in Anglia is expected to grow by 17 per cent - Liverpool Street Station is already the country's busiest transport terminal, processing 120million passengers each year.

Patrick Hallgate, Network Rail Anglia Route Director, said: "With huge predicted growth in the Anglia region it's imperative that we plan effectively to deliver a network that can respond to this increased demand for rail."

To cope with the extra demand, Network Rail plans to lengthen peak services between Cambridge, Stansted Airport and Liverpool Street to 12-car trains.

It also plans to build additional track between Tottenham Hale and Broxbourne to enable extra services to Hertford East, Cambridge, Stansted and Stratford to operate in the peak hours.

Mr Hallgate said: "The entire rail industry has worked together to assess the situation and work out a range of options on how best to meet this demand with improved infrastructure and passenger services.

"We look forward to hearing stakeholder views and to finalising a common view on the way forward for rail in this area over the next 10 years."

# Passengers using the Cambridge to London Liverpool Street line were lucky not to have their services disrupted on Monday, when a goose living in Stansted Mountfitchet Castle put its life on the line, straying onto the railway nearby.

Gertie the goose had been sitting on her clutch of eggs underneath the castle's dovecote when she was startled by a fox and flew off, landing on the Liverpool Street-bound line.

Luckily for her a team of railway workers picked her up and returned her to the castle.

Site owner Alan Goldsmith said: "Gertie was ambushed by a fox that burrowed in under the palisade.

"Fortunately she was recovered by a team of workers and brought back to us, but sadly her eggs had all been eaten by the fox.

"She will have to start again now, but we expect her to be laying again within three weeks or so.

"Gertie obviously wanted to take an away-day, but couldn't buy a ticket!"

The goose has been a resident at the castle for 15 years but should have plenty more chances to bring up her young, as the white birds are expected to live to around 45.

A spokesman for rail company One said that the goose's excursion had not caused any disruption to rail traffic.

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