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Update: Services now running between Ipswich and Felixstowe

10:46 27 August 2014

An Abellio Greater Anglia train

An Abellio Greater Anglia train

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Services between Ipswich and Felixstowe have resumed following this morning’s cancellations as a consequence of yesterday’s over-running engineering works, however there is still disruption in the region.

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Disruption to the services was expected until 4pm today.

The disruption was due to severe congestion being caused by a number of delayed freight trains running to and from Felixstowe docks.

The 9.58am Ipswich to Felixstowe service and the 10.28am Felixstowe to Ipswich services were the last of the trains to be cancelled.

The 6.04am, 7.14am and 8.25am Ipswich to Felixstowe service and the 6.36am, 7.47am and 8.54am service from Felixstowe to Ipswich service had already been cancelled. A replacement bus service was running for passengers, calling at Ipswich, Derby Road and Felixstowe.

An Abellio Greater Anglia spokesman thanked customers for their patience and understanding while the problem was resolved and added: “We would like to apologise to customers using our Ipswich to Felixstowe route for the current suspension of the service.

“Ipswich to Felixstowe services will be operated by a replacement bus service until 4pm today as a result of line congestion caused by a backlog of freight services following yesterday’s overrunning engineering works in the Ipswich area.”

Other trains that have been cancelled include the 7.44am Saxmundham to Lowestoft service, 7.45am Ipswich to Saxmundham service, and the 10.07am Lowestoft to Ipswich service.

The 11.01am, 12.01pm and 1.01pm Marks Tey to Sudbury services and the 11.26am, 12.26pm and 1.26pm Sudbury to Marks Tey services have also been cancelled, due to a train running out of fuel.

Disruption is expected until 2pm.

The Abellio Greater Anglia website says: “Following on from yesterdays problems with the over running engineering works at Ipswich, the diesel train on the Marks Tey to Sudbury line was unable to return to the depot last night ,at Norwich, to be refuelled.

“As a consequence, a number of trains will be cancelled between Marks Tey and Sudbury, to ensure the train has enough fuel to continue until close of service tonight.

“A rail replacement bus, operated by Panther Travel, will run instead of the cancelled trains.”

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13 comments

  • Barry Steadmans - many thanks for the explanation. I am sure many of us locals thought it just chugged up and down the branch line, day after day.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • BobE - The Sudbury unit is not 'based' at Colchester. Once it's finished it's Sudbury runs for the day it goes to Colchester then onto Ipswich the same night, then across the East Suffolk Line the following day and on to Crown Point after that (where it gets refuelled). Conversely the unit that does the last Felixstowe during the week then goes on to Colchester the same evening to do the Sudbury runs the following day. There are no diesel fuelling facilities at Colchester.

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    Barry Steadmans

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • The rails etc need to be fixed to ensure continued long term service. At least they laid on a bus. Thanks. The fuel issue though!

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    Lee Davies

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • I'm guessing all those that think the country (sorry, Taxpayers) can afford to spend more money on the railways, don't give a fig about those how travel down the A12 or dare I say it A14!

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    sunwindwave

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • The Sudbury diesel unit is based at Colchester which is why the first and last trains run to or from there. Colchester has facilities to refuel the unit

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    BobE

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Is it that was the mess is about. The signals are 40 years old and they (Railtrack) don't know what in some of boxes in the line side equipment. Why didn't they do token working though Ipswich yesterday?

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    zaax

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Freedomf, since your lots spent all the money just what are you going use the buy the trains back and then buy new ones with? And why do people keep asking for nationalisation of water gas elec rail but that staple of life, food, never seems to be on the list. Tesco etc can keep prices up and make huge profits!

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    fredjag

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • The diesel train used on the Marks Tey -Sudbury line has to go to Norwich at night to refuel ?? Do they only work on Norfolk diesel, not Essex diesel ?

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • What needs to happen and fast is NATIONALISATION !, all this 'fragmentation' by privatisation has and is NOT working !, the Railways should never have been Privatised in the first place !, another TORY policy FAILURE !

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    freedomf

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • It really is high time that the government sat up and took notice of the lack of investment in this line. I know people who have been turned down for jibs in London as the line is so unreliable, and 10 years ago I gave up working in London for the same reason. No amount of weekend tinkering will advance the line into the 21st century- it needs a massive overhaul and new trains.

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    Sentinel Red

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Freight traffic can only increase in future so unless there is a major upgrade to the Felixstowe line then this is a clear signal that passenger will stop as soon as they can get away with it.

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    amsterdam81

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Surely, if this farcical repeating problem is to be resolved it needs an independent expert monitor to see why either the work is consistently underestimated or the work force is not working to the expectations.

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    DALINE

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • If there are no passenger services again, there must be a big backlog of freight trains sitting at the docks.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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