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Transport minister’s visit to Great Yarmouth following Ipswich appearance cancelled by broken down train

PUBLISHED: 17:07 20 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:07 20 April 2018

Transport secretary Chris Grayling with Conservative councillors at candidates in Ipswich. Picture: JASON NOBLE

Transport secretary Chris Grayling with Conservative councillors at candidates in Ipswich. Picture: JASON NOBLE

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A broken down train has prevented the minister responsible for the country’s transport system from visiting the Great Yarmouth area today.

Suffolk County Council leader Colin Noble (left) outlines the plans for the Upper Orwell Crossings in Ipswich to transport secretary Chris Grayling. Picture: JASON NOBLE Suffolk County Council leader Colin Noble (left) outlines the plans for the Upper Orwell Crossings in Ipswich to transport secretary Chris Grayling. Picture: JASON NOBLE

Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport, was due to canvas in the borough council elections for his party.

However he was unable to travel from Ipswich to Norwich Station to reach Yarmouth due to a broken down freight train.

Greater Anglia’s website said the broken down freight train had affected six trains to Norwich.

It said: “Due to a broken down freight train between Ingatestone and Chelmsford some lines are disrupted.

“Impact:

“Train services running through these stations are returning to normal but some services may still be cancelled, delayed by up to 20 minutes or revised. Disruption is expected until 14:00 20/04.

Customer Advice:

“Due to a freight train breaking down between Ingatestone and Chelmsford. The freight train is now fixed and moving forward. Train services are still subject to delays.”

Mr Grayling was due to head to Great Yarmouth after his visit to Ipswich this morning, in which he outlined his thoughts on the Upper Orwell Crossings, northern bypass and A12 and A14 improvements.

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