RAIL bosses will meet with an MP to discuss the “constant engineering works” on the Southend Victoria to London line.

Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois will meet Andrew Haines, the newly-appointed chief executive of Network Rail, at Westminster on January 7.

Work has been going on for two years and is scheduled to continue until 2021 which the MP described as “completely unacceptable”.

He said: “I am grateful to Andrew Haines for accepting my request for a meeting where I intend to press him, politely but forcibly, on why it takes Network Rail nearly five years to run a cable between a set of poles.

“My constituents pay more than £5,000 for a season ticket from Rayleigh to Liverpool Street and the fact that on many weekends and even on some weekday evenings they are reduced to using bus services to get to and from London – because Network Rail have been so slow in completing this project – is completely unacceptable. I shall be asking Mr Haines what Network Rail can do to speed up this whole process and keep the disruption to a minimum.”