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Travel: No trains to Felixstowe for two days as maintenance and repair jobs stack up for Greater Anglia

06:43 06 March 2014

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All trains between Ipswich and Felixstowe today have been cancelled.

And Greater Anglia are saying they won’t run tomorrow either.

The company said a combination of several factors have led to the services being removed.

On its website Greater Anglia said the cancellations were “because of ongoing repairs continuing to some of our local trains which has seen a train damaged after a fatality incident last week, and another still undergoing repair from flood damage, in addition to the ongoing refurbishment of one of our class 156 trains as part of an upgrade programme, and other planned maintenance.

“We are doing everything possible to complete the necessary repairs to these trains as quickly as we can.

“We would like to apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused by these service alterations.”

A replacement bus service is being run between 5am and 11pm between Ipswich and Felixstowe but they won’t stop at Westerfield.

Greater Anglia have advised customers to use the station help point to arrange alternative transport.

However some trains travelling to and from Lowestoft not originally scheduled to serve Westerfield will now stop at the station.

6 comments

  • So it appears that the Felixstowe docks are getting their way in having only freight trains on the branch at the expense of passengers which was their aim all along. so to get out of their obligation to duel the line

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    clowe

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Shambellio Greater Anglia at their ebst! The lie about no spare trains being available is total nonsense. More forward thinking Operators, conscious of their "customers", have gone to any lengths, even borrowing old trains from Preserved Railways. Any train is better than none after all! But Shambellio dive and duck to save their Dutch owners money and now operate a worse service (never thought it possible) than their predecessors, National Express.

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    Disbeliever

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • GA don't care at all about the Felixstowe line - in fact it is clearly just an inconvenience to them. The reason that there are no trains for the next couple of days is because the Sudbury line passengers shouted louder and they got their train back at the expense of the Felixstowe passengers.

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    John Alborough

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • I wonder how long it will be before the service is cancelled permanently so that freight trains will run unhindered?

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    DALINE

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • What evidence do you have to prove that it's a lie about there being no spare trains, "Disbeliever"? If you're basing your argument on the fact that they can supposedly use old stock from preserved railways then who would drive these trains? Train drivers aren't able to simply jump from one train to another at a whim. If you think the people who run the old stock can drive them then that won't work either due to them not knowing the route, so we're back to square one. There are currently 6 diesel units out of action (due to scheduled maintenance, unscheduled repairs following recent fatalities etc) which is not a great situation to be in and I agree that GA's lack of forethought is not commendable, but the view that they've done this as a money saving initiative is laughable. The disruption is only expected for a couple of days and as such this is a short term solution - it would take more that 2 days to source replacements, agree terms and to get them over here anyway, even if they are the same type of train that currently operates on the line. I'm not condoning the action taken by GA but just trying to view it from a realistic point of view. In my view I don't see why they couldn't split the cancellation days between Felixstowe & Sudbury, other than the fact the Sudbury line is mainly a commuter line as opposed to a seasideday out destination (guess I answered my own question there!)

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    Barry Steadmans

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • So just passenger trains affected then? Again!

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    amsterdam81

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

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