Speed restrictions cap bad week for commuters on the C2C line

SPEED restrictions have added to the woes for commuters on the C2C line.On Friday morning, a broken down train was causing chaos but earlier in the week, C2C went on the record to explain why they had to impose said restricitions.Here is the letter belowDear customer,We are very sorry for the delays many of you have experienced in recent weeks. Over the summer the ground beneath the railway has dried out and this has caused the track bed to become uneven in some places. As a result Network Rail has put several speed restrictions in place. We know this has delayed many of your journeys, particularly at peak times, and we really do understand how frustrating this has been for you.Network Rail engineers are working to fix the ground conditions and re-level the track bed so that the speed restrictions can be removed and you can continue your journeys as usual. We are really sorry for the delays this has caused and thank you for your patience while this work is carried out. We expect the position will significantly improve in the next week or two.We hope the Q&A below helps to explain the issue.Richard SchofieldRoute Managing Director, Network RailJulian DruryManaging Director, c2cBelow the letter is the following information.As many residents in Basildon and Thurrock know, much of the local soil is London clay. Over the summer this soil has dried out and contracted. While the railway above has extensive ballast to form a solid base, this makes the track bed uneven. You may have already noticed this can mean a bumpy journey when trains run over the track at normal high speeds.

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