Update: Greater Anglia services returning to normal after Freightliner service broke down this morning
12:11 24 November 2014
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.