Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 4°C

Search

Update: Greater Anglia services returning to normal after Freightliner service broke down this morning

PUBLISHED: 12:11 24 November 2014 | UPDATED: 13:49 24 November 2014

Abellio Greater Anglia

Abellio Greater Anglia

The delays caused by a freight train which broke down in Essex this morning have almost ended.

Services from Norwich, Ipswich, Colchester and Clacton were hit by the delays because of a Freightliner-operated train broke down between.

Because of this some lines in the area were blocked, affecting trains heading to London Liverpool Street.

Greater Anglia initially said on its website just after 6am that services were returning to normal but some trains could still be delayed by up to half an hour or even cancelled completely.

However this later became worse with trains to the capital disrupted by around 60 minute.

At around 6.50am the freight train was able to move into Chelmsford station meaning trains could be diverted around it, therefore affecting trains heading both to and from London.

Around 8.30am a rescue engine was able to get to the failed train to help move it out of the way.

Disruption eventually lasted until around 11.30am. In the meantime Greater Anglia tickets were being accepted on Great Northern services from Cambridge into London Kings Cross and on reasonable routes on London Underground.

The problems come just two days after Labour’s shadow chancellor Ed Balls told a conference in Copdock near Ipswich his party would honour commitments to upgrade the Great Eastern Main Line from London to Norwich if his party wins the election next year.

November has not been a good month for travellers on the route. Last Friday services were delayed by up to 90 minutes after a person was struck by a train between Colchester and Manningtree, while on November 12 rail users faced a day hold-ups because of overhead line problems at Kelvedon.

Information on Greater Anglia’s delay repay policy can be found here.

1 comment

  • Live info shows several 29 minute delays again.

    Report this comment

    Blackeye

    Monday, November 24, 2014

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

The chief constable of Essex Police says austerity remains the force’s biggest challenge and insists the last eight years in policing have been “the toughest since wartime”.

A vintage cinema bus, jamboree and literary festival are just some of the activities booked for a bumper programme of events coming to the Shotley peninsula this summer.

A man has pleaded not guilty after being charged in connection with an alleged stabbing in Ipswich earlier this month.

Proposals for a 560-plus home development in countryside on the edge of Felixstowe have been delayed by the general election.

Frustrated town councillors in Bury St Edmunds have been told they must wait another nine months for their second new PCSO to start in the town.

As five Suffolk stars were honoured, the Queen’s Lord Lieutenant has called for more nominations to truly reflect the “fantastic” efforts of our county’s volunteers.

A huge crane lifted away a broken section of Ewell Bridge on the A12 at Kelvedon last week.

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

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24