The BURGES ESTATE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION (BERA) is one of the largest residents associations in the country. BERA encompasses households on the Burges Estate and surrounding areas, including Thorpe Ward, West Shoebury and north of the railway line. 


The Residents? Association is your forum to express your views on your community. In the past, we have looked into topics such as the proposed development of the Golf Club, unsuitable planning applications and residential covenants. As a collective voice, the residents of Thorpe Bay and its surrounding areas form a stronger group and we have been successful in many areas.


We would very much welcome your input and are always looking for new members to join BERA.



Why not make a comment on our Comments Page and tell us what you think? 


Membership is only £10 per year, per household. BERA send out quarterly Newsletters and host full membership meetings once or twice per year. 



For details of the next meeting, please watch out for your Newsletter, or check this site.


If you wish to join us, please download the 2016 Membership Form here.

Christmas 2016 Rail Updates


This work carries on from the vital package of upgrade works already started in autumn 2016, which includes delivering the Crossrail programme and removing long-standing heat related speed restrictions.

We will continue to install new overhead wires that will make the railway more reliable. During 2016, more than 31,000 metres of overhead wire has been installed and a speed restriction between Shenfield and Chelmsford has already been removed.  

These and other important upgrades will continue for 10 days over the Christmas and New Year period, and will affect Greater Anglia and TfL Rail services into Liverpool Street and across to Cambridge. Further work to improve the line will take place over a number of weekends from January to May 2017, meaning some journeys will be longer and involve rail replacement buses from Essex into London.

The programme of work includes:

·         Major Crossrail works being delivered by Network Rail to remodel the track and provide an extra platform at Shenfield for future Elizabeth line services will take place from Tuesday 3 January 2017 meaning there will be no TfL Rail services between Brentwood and Shenfield until late May. During this time, a frequent rail replacement bus service will run between the two stations.

·         Crossrail construction work will also continue at key stations between Shenfield and London Liverpool Street providing better station facilities step free access and longer platforms in preparation for longer Elizabeth line trains that will arrive from 2019.

·         The complete remodelling of an important junction at Shenfield to help deliver more reliable journeys for passengers travelling from London to Chelmsford, Colchester, Ipswich and Norwich by May 2017. These improvements will enable passenger and freight trains to travel through the area more freely, reducing the risk of delays to other services.

·         Work to replace overhead wires between Shenfield and London Liverpool Street. This £250m project will improve reliability and significantly reduce the impact of heat-related disruption during the summer when overhead wires sag and speed restrictions are imposed.

·         Work continues at Ilford depot to provide a space for keeping and maintaining new trains that will operate on the TfL Rail route from May 2017 and later the Elizabeth line.

This work is key to building the foundations for the robust and reliable railway our passengers deserve. We would like to take every opportunity to thank them for their continued patience. We’re working closely with our colleagues at Greater Anglia and TfL Rail to. Passengers should always check for updates before they travel on National Rail Enquiries or with the train operator.

If you have any further questions or would like a summary of the impact of services  please contact Hannah Briggs, Public Affairs Manager (Network Rail) on 07850 407 340 or email

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