Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 6°C

Search

Suffolk/Norfolk: Frustrated commuters vent anger following train chaos

PUBLISHED: 12:55 25 January 2013 | UPDATED: 15:36 25 January 2013

Commuters faced chaos at London Liverpool Street last night. Pic: Rob Kingham.

Commuters faced chaos at London Liverpool Street last night. Pic: Rob Kingham.

Archant

COMMUTERS vented their anger after they were plunged into travel chaos last night with hours of train delays and more than a dozen cancellations following signalling problems and a fatality.

A person died at Witham station after being hit by a train – and signalling problems at London Liverpool Street led to severe delays to passengers travelling home to the region during rush hour.

Frustrated commuter Stuart Jackson said: “The service is disgraceful.

“The disruption times they are giving are wrong. I have been delayed at least 30 minutes every day this week.”

Train operator Greater Anglia reported the death at Witham at 5.45pm. The line was closed by police for about 45 minutes before reopening at 6.30pm.

A Greater Anglia spokesman also confirmed London Liverpool Street experienced signalling problems from 5pm, causing a limited service through Shenfield.

The spokesman added Network Rail was investigating the problem, which had caused “hours of delays” at three of the main Liverpool Street platforms servicing the region.

He said: “There have been severe delays lasting more than an hour in some cases but we are now catching up with our services.

“It is no consolation for people travelling home and we apologise for this.”

Normal service had still not resumed at 9.30pm last night.

Imogen Dempsey, who commutes three days a week from London to Marks Tey, said the service had deteriorated since the London Olympics.

“They were given a target during the Olympics but since then the service has gone through the floor. There are delays after delays after delays.

“It puts you under pressure from your employers, and travelling home it’s even worse – people have children to look after and have appointments at hospitals.

“It’s just a huge waste of everyone’s time and money.”

Ken Suttling said on Twitter: “I can’t begin to tell you how angry I am over the way the travelling public has been treated by you these last few weeks. Your appalling service has finally made me decide to retire. You’ve finally beaten me down. Congratulations.”

A Suffolk war hero who survived eight bomb blasts has told this newspaper a new political party launching nationwide next month aims repair the country’s public services – and give disillusioned voters a voice.

An appeal has been launched to find an Essex man wanted in connection with a failure to appear at court.

A world-renowned female harpist has denied sexually abusing a schoolboy and told a trial that he sexually assaulted her while she was in the shower.

Starstruck pupils at a Suffolk primary school gasped and cheered as The Voice contestants Tania Hambleton and Ryan North treated the excited youngsters to a mini concert.

The mother of a man with Down’s Syndrome who died at the age of just 33 says she believes her son’s death was ‘wholly preventable’, an inquest has heard.

A Suffolk MP has demanded the Government pledge emergency cash to solve an ambulance crisis which whistleblowers claim has killed scores across the region.

The University of Essex is among more than 60 institutions set to strike next month over pensions – however staff at the University of Suffolk are not expected to take part.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

London Boat Show 2018

cover

Click here to view
London Boat
Show supplement

View

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24