Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 12°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Suffolk: County council chairman calls for action after ‘horlicks’ of a train journey

17:01 23 June 2014

Suffolk County Coucil chairman Christopher Hudson

Suffolk County Coucil chairman Christopher Hudson

Archant

Rail disruptions, which last week brought chaos to East Anglia, are a threat to the region’s economy and must be tackled urgently, a leading county councillor has said.

Christopher Hudson, the chairman of Suffolk County Council, who was stranded in London with thousands of commuters said the current service was “not fit for the 21st Century”.

“As a county our economy depends on leisure, pleasure and trade and it’s just not good enough for this to happen,” he said.

“The rail network is the main artery into the east of England and last week it suffered the most sclerotic horlicks of a break down it has suffered for some time.”

The delays, caused by damaged overhead cables at Hatfield Peverel on Tuesday afternoon left Abellio Greater Anglia passengers travelling between London and East Anglia stranded for more than two hours with services delayed and backed up for most of the evening.

Mr Hudson, who arrived home in Framlingham at around 11.30pm –almost four and a half hours after he was due to leave London Liverpool Street – said the overcrowded train, when it eventually departed, resembled the chaotic rail carriage scene in the film Doctor Zhivago.

“They are going to give us half our money back but it’s not good enough – it’s like we are hostages to fortune on these services,” he said.

Other passengers have also complained about the delays and the lack of information provided, with some not arriving home until the early hours. Commuters making their London-bound journey the following morning found their frustration compounded by further signalling related delays outside Liverpool Street station. There were more problems on Thursday when a lorry hit a low rail bridge near Ipswich station, suspending services for around 45 minutes in rush hour.

Bosses from Greater Anglia have apologised to customers for the delays on Tuesday evening and said they would be holding a “full investigation” with Network Rail to avoid any repeat of the problems.

Peter Meades, from Abellio Greater Anglia, added: “Under the terms of our Passenger’s Charter, customers are entitled to reimbursement up to the cost of the affected journey.”

More details are available online.

2 comments

  • So !, did he or did he not get a cup of 'Horlicks' because it became so late at night ?. Privatisation isn't working nor will it !, you cannot keep paying dividends to shareholders whilst people cannot even travel around on a 'Reliable' service !

    Report this comment

    freedomf

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

  • Will the result of the "full investigation" be published to the general public, ie your customers?

    Report this comment

    The original Victor Meldrew

    Monday, June 23, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Two vehicles have collided in Wickhambrook.

A woman has sustained a minor head injury during a two-vehicle crash in west Suffolk tonight.

Pigs Gone Wild sculptures being delivered to the streets of Ipswich

This week Suffolk has seen pigs pop up around town, James May officially unveil a new motorcycle museum and ITFC begin their pre-season training. To catch up on all the latest, watch this week’s news in video.

Centennial commemoration of the start of the battle of the Somme at Long Melford War Memorial at Holy Trinity Church.

The great-nephew of a Long Melford soldier who fought at the Battle of the Somme described the “humbling” experience of blowing on the same whistle his ancestor used to send men over the top.

More funding is needed to help people suffering with mental ill health, Labour says

Labour has joined calls demanding more money be made available for mental health services in Suffolk, warning that reported cuts of £200,000 will have “severe consequences” for sufferers in the county.

Rudimental were at Thetford last night

Two years ago Rudimental were performing on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury when it was powered down because an electrically charged storm was exploding overhead.

Ready for the start: The cars lined up in front of a large crowd ahead of the National Hot Rod World Championship race at the 44th Annual SpedeWeekend at Foxhall Stadium, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK on 28 June 2015. Picture: Steve Waller

The draw of high action, high speed motorsport will be bringing fans of oval motorsport to Foxhall Stadium this weekend for the 45th annual SpedeWeekend.

Dave Lock decompressing on the line

Scuba divers searching the first British warship to sink in the First World War have made a “remarkable” discovery.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24