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Update: Train services between London Liverpool Street and Ipswich to terminate at Colchester this evening

06:33 26 August 2014

Trains were cancelled on Tuesday, August 26 because of over-running engineering works at Ipswich.

Trains were cancelled on Tuesday, August 26 because of over-running engineering works at Ipswich.

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Train services between London Liverpool Street and Ipswich will terminate at Colchester, Greater Anglia has announced.

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Trains were cancelled on Tuesday, August 26 because of over-running engineering works at Ipswich.Trains were cancelled on Tuesday, August 26 because of over-running engineering works at Ipswich.

It follows a day of misery for commuters after over-running Network Rail work led to a series of cancellations to early-morning services. The early termination of services this evening will last until midnight.

A signalling equipment fault between Ipswich and Manningtree and a broken down train between Colchester and Manningtree added to this morning’s train problems.

According to Greater Anglia, there were delays of up to 60 minutes.

The incident came just hours after Network Rail bosses said they were confident the work would be completed on time and trains would be running as normal between London and the region following the two-day track closure at Ipswich.

It is the 10th time in six years the company has been unable to complete work on schedule on the Great Eastern Main Line.

Among those delayed this morning was Liam Smith, 28, who was delayed travelling to work in Diss from Ipswich.

He said: “It’s a bit of a joke – they have had all weekend to work on it. For the second time in two weeks it has over-run.”

Kevin Clarke, 32, who was travelling from Ipswich to Bury for work, added: “It is a 30-minute train but it is going to take about an hour now and I’ll be late for work.

“I pay quite a lot of money for the service so it is annoying to say the least.”

Meanwhile Vicky Kaur, 27, was attempting to travel to Braintree.

She added: “It is just frustrating because of the amount of money you pay each month. It’s not just once in a while.

“You kind of get used to it but it is very frustrating.”

Richard Adams, 31, was hoping to travel to Manningtree but was also delayed because of the problems.

“I was meant to be there at 6am,” he said.

“It is quite frustrating because I don’t drive at the moment so it is my only way to get to work.”

Speaking after the last set of delays, a Network Rail spokeswoman said: “We are acutely aware of the frustration and inconvenience passengers experience when our work causes disruption rather than delivering better journeys.

“We work hard to ensure our plans are robust and that work can be completed within the time we have available, and we successfully carry out improvements across the region almost every night of the year without encountering problems.”

Commuters wanting to travel from Norwich to London are being advised to travel from Norwich via Ely and Cambridge to Liverpool Street or King’s Cross.

People travelling from Elmswell, Thurston and Bury St Edmunds for London are advised to travel via Cambridge.

There will also be a very limited bus service operating between Stowmarket and Ipswich.

The Ipswich to Felixstowe branch will also be suspended until at least 8am. Customers should use help point phones to arrange alternative travel.

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16 comments

  • The head of Network Rail was on TV yesterday admitting the fault was totally theirs, not the train operators.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Which of the privatised parts of the rail service are most at fault for this? The privatised network, or the privatised train operator?

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    James Lakin

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Sorry 4 freight trains and train arrived 10 mins late no passenger announcements well done .

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    sistheswan

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Well done Greater Anglia waiting for 0514 so far 3 freight trains no passenger train . Good job well done

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    sistheswan

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • The joys of privatisation

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    James Lakin

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Network Rail.....................No other words are necessary.

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    england1770

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • What a farce, the same lamentable excuses. The public are treated like cattle yet milked to death over fares.When will heads roll? - never. Same old, same old.

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    John Bowtell

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Over running engineering works is normal on these lines. Did they not say the other week after their last fiasco that they would allow more time for them so that they would not overrun

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    BobE

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Problem is the only people who suffer are the fare paying customers. Everyone responsible still gets paid and may even get more money for the extra hours. Is there any incentive for them to finish on time or early?

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    amsterdam81

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • How on earth do they keep getting away with this?Surely they must be held accountable somewhere along the line!!

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    Mary Mary

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Latest update 06.33 am this morning 26814, time now 10.13 am 26814. Great to be informed Archant why do you bother to exist, your not much good at news.

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    a west

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Greater Anglia Abellio and National Rail are a total disgrace. We have jobs to go to, and it's the first day after a long weekend. Advice from Greater Anglia "delay going into work". A totally ludicrous statement. It's like a step back to the 1970s, and totally unacceptable. The East Anglian rail service is a national joke. Stuart Beaton

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    stuart beaton

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • @tonyb when a company treats its customers as the most 'important' person in the business !, instead of a 'cash cow' to be milked !

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    freedomf

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • same old news after a bank holiday!

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    Mr DJ

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Can anyone tell me when works ever finished on time!!!!

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Matt, do tell Paul Geater because he posted a story at 06:00 today saying everything was fine, despite trains being cancelled from 05:14. Nice one.

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    Morgan Spurlock

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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