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No weekend train services from region to London for two months

11:46 20 January 2015

No weekend trains will run between East Anglia and London for eight weeks.

No weekend trains will run between East Anglia and London for eight weeks.

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No weekend train services will run between East Anglia and Liverpool Street for two months from the end of January.

The line will be closed between Manningtree and Shenfield every Saturday and Sunday from January 31 until March 22.

Abellio Greater Anglia will run a planned bus service for passengers to keep people moving.

New track is being installed in the Colchester, Marks Tey and Witham areas while at Chelmsford engineers are replacing overhead wires.

Officials from Network Rail insist they are making “robust preparations” to ensure the work is completed on time in the early hours of every Monday morning to ensure there are no repeats of the engineering over-runs that blighted tens of thousands of journeys after overnight engineering work last year.

However the state-owned company insisted the engineering work – costing £15 million – had to be completed to ensure the rail service sees improved reliability.

A Network Rail spokeswoman said: “Engineering work takes place every night of the week across the network – and without it the railway would literally stop moving.

“We take the potential of any issues seriously and can reassure passengers that every engineer is aware of how important it is to return the railway to use on time.

“It is only by investing in improving our infrastructure that we can deliver the safe and reliable railway that many people rely on.”

The company’s route managing director, Richard Schofield, said: “The project will deliver a more consistent and reliable service for passengers who travel on this line. We would like to thank passengers in advance for bearing with us over these weekends as it will mean some changes to their travel plans.”

Jamie Burles, Managing Director, Abellio Greater Anglia said: “Although there is never a good time for such engineering works, this investment by Network Rail will help in our joint objective to deliver more consistent train service performance on our mainline. We will be doing all we can to minimise inconvenience to passengers during the course of these works.”

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31 comments

  • A little googling discovered that National Express operate a coach service from Cardinal Park to London Victoria leaving at 0825 every Saturday and Sunday.

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    Ipswichite

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

  • FYI The A12 from Ipswich will also be closed for 19 nights. Improvements need closures, why is it so hard to understand.

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    Ipswichite

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

  • I managed to get a return to London for £8.50 which I'm really happy with by coach, so do the same people, hit them where it hurts, the pocket!

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    kev70

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

  • Might be too easy to say but, no change to the usual weekend service then. Yet another non-story!

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    dark1988

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

  • What "Chloe Smith vanity project"? Did the campaign for "Norwich in 90" start in 2009, with rumblings going on well before that? If you want an improvement in rail services, don't you have to improve the track first so it can handle the trains? Would you want to ride in a fast train on Victorian infrastructure that was built for much slower trains? If not at weekends, when would you want the work done - overnight so it disrupts the sleep of the local residents and costs twice as much because of the "unsocial hours" shift pay? And isn't Network Rail, the company responsible for the track maintenance, state owned rather than private? It's them that's doing the work, not the TOCs.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

  • What price a Chloe Smith vanity project ? It will all be worth it when she gets re-elected. Just ask any of the thousands of people in Suffolk whose lives are set to be blighted by level crossing closures. LOL

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    Mr Cameron Isastrangertothetruth

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • People moan about the state of the line from Norwich to London, this is to make it better. For heavier, faster trains, you need new welded lines etc. As we dont live in fairy land where this can be done in an instant by waving a magic wand, the tracks have to close to be replaced. it's not a hard concept to take on board. Weekend is best time to do is as there are far less people on the train. Well done Network rail for investing in the region, something that all the whingers here are always asking for.

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    DaveG

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • Our operator invested over a billion gained from green commuters in its Dutch national railway system. Now their customers are asked to board buses, another form of unrestrained fleecing. Both modes of transport have enjoyed a relaxation in energy prices for month now and not one of them could see fit to pass on a percentage of these benefits to consumers, talk about promoting green travel. 'hallo sir, would you like to travel green and pay for all the subsidised travellers?'We promise to raise your fare every January, come what may'. Bus and rail operators are forcing people off public transport and into cars, so, they might as well shut it for a year and modernise the whole route. At least then passengers would get something for the astronomical fares they pay.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • The Cambridge Route is available for travelers from Norwich and Ipswich..............It's a terrible journey though.

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    Drew Peacock

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • Can Network Rail confirm that the Norwich to London route via Cambridge will not be subject to planned engineering work over the same period. Norwich is fortunate there are two routes available so many people in the media seem to overlook this. Mind you not such good headlines.

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    jennifer jane

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • As someone that has a few weekends in London planned over the next couple of months I find this news amazing. How is it that customer service can be so recklessly abandoned by any service company, let alone one that so many people rely upon. How the management team associated with this decision can reach the conclusion that this is an acceptable state of affairs only confirms that their grasp on reality, not to mention their responsibilities, is away with the fairies. I for one have no choice but to take the car, therefore my resentment of this sorry state of affairs will ensure that its a long time before I pay for poor service, on poor rollin stock by a poorly managed company.

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    overandout

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • I think when the off-peak return fare to London is £39.80 (excluding Underground) and when train companies make £250M a year profits between them, it is okay for people to moan a bit when asked to take a bus with no fare discount given. An alternative is to take a National Express coach to London Stratford or Victoria, that's about £15 return

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    IpswichMan

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • So, basically no services on Mondays either, given Network Rail's famous competence.

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    beerlover

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • I must admit I did take the Norwich to London Bus service from Norwich bus station a few years ago. To be honest it worked really well and didn't take much longer than the train, no stops either! Also you got to see some sights on the way in rather then the depressing rail sidings full of junk. Worth investigating.

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    Resident Smith

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • What a bad headline 'No weekend train services from region to London for two months' The report specifically refers to Norwich to London. The region also includes, King's Lynn, Watlington, Downham Market and stretching it Ely and Cambridge as well. The train service from these stations is unaffected. Make sure your headlines are accurate

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    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • misleading headline? shirley knot... expect clarification? and pigs might fly

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    martin wallis

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • @catalonia13 - in answer to your question, I think there will be a Greater Anglia service on the Norwich-London line on the weekends in question, but with buses between Shenfield and Manningtree.

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    Trevor Ashwin

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • catalonia13.................I think they are wrong on both counts. As far as I am aware it is a bus to Billericay and train from there to Liverpool Street.

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    Drew Peacock

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • Moan when its broken... Moan when its being improved... Same old Same old. Why not close it completely for two weeks, it would probably be easier quicker cheaper than working at weekends making sure that it is available for use Monday - Friday

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    YarcoBoy

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • maybe the EDP, or someone, could clarify this. Is there NO train service from Norwich to London or, is there a service but with a bus between Manningtree and Sheffield ......?

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    catalonia13

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • soAbilio should be making provisions for an hourly service from Norwich to London vie stomarket and Cambridge thus reliving the need for replacement bus. ar: But successive policy's prevent this as there is insufficient deisel power and roling stock for thisd to happen

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    k day

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • What a whinging bunch of people always moaning,same old names every day,nothing better to do than read a news article and whinge about why bother to read the papers if it depresses you.

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    paf1

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • I've just looked for a ticket to London in March and it's over £38 and you have to change! Thanks for helping national Rail..

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    kev70

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • The headline here will mislead some people as it implies (at a glance ...) that there will be no service whatever between NorwichIpswich and London. As I understand it, there WILL be a service for those who are willing to put up with extended journey times and being transferred to a bridging bus link between Manningtree and Shenfield.

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    Trevor Ashwin

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • What did Camoron say yesterday? "Ipswich to London in less than an hour" Yeh right!!

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    Tractorboy

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • Good old British make do and mend mentality - Everything is now falling to pieces and is not fit for purpose, the infrastructure is a mess. Roads, drains, utilities, flood defences, ports, railways etc are horrendous. Lack of investment and poor management for decades has cost us dearly and will continue to do so whilst essential services are privately owned and run badly.

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    Grey Fox

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • Presumably someone has examined all the work required over the next few years, and ensured it is all taken care of during this highly inconvenient interruption in service.i wonder!

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    Union Jack

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • In other news, one of the ways to increase safety, reliability, capacity, frequency and redundancy is to introduce additional tracks. Nothing on the railway will be cheap but will end up providing a better service.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • France closed one of their mainlines for 2 years to replace everything (track, bridges, stations & re-routes- the lot), maybe we should do the same and get it over an done with.

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    zaax

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • If I'm paying train prices I want to go by train. If I want to travel by bus I'll pay bus prices. No wonder people don't want to use public transport.

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    Sudders

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • This countries infrastructure is like a third world country !

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    Poppys Dad

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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