Commuters chaos - rush hour update

COMMUTERS leaving the capital are facing another disrupted rush hour this evening as the wintry weather conditions continue to cause chaos on the regions railways.

COMMUTERS leaving the capital are facing another disrupted rush hour this evening as the wintry weather conditions continue to cause chaos on the regions railways.

Train operator National Express East Anglia is advising customers a revised level of service will operate during the main evening peak period from 5pm.

A spokeswoman said all lines on the network are open and the mainline from London to Norwich has resumed its normal half hourly frequency, although people should still allow extra time for their journeys.

But commuters will face delays and disruption getting to London Liverpool street station as the bus and rail network in London is still in chaos.


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On the underground, nine out of the ten lines are either partly or completely suspended.

And limited bus services are back running on certain routes but the majority remain withdrawn because of dangerous road conditions.

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A spokesman for Transport for London said the heavy snowfall that hit London had severely disrupted transport services and advised people to check before they travel.

He said bus services had been suspended because of fears for passenger safety as road conditions were extremely dangerous.

James Steward, group station manager at Ipswich station said: “We are expecting the weather to deteriorate later causing more disruptions from mid-afternoon.

“We are working with Network Rail and have got a special snow plough clearing the train tracks as much as possible.”

Evening peak services will operate from Liverpool Street station as follows.

- To Norwich, a half-hourly service will operate. All services will call at Colchester, Manningtree, Ipswich, Stowmarket, Diss and Norwich.

- Braintree services will operate as a shuttle service between Braintree and Witham.

- Harwich services will operate to the normal scheduled frequency calling at Stratford and all stations between Shenfield and Colchester.

- Southend Victoria / Southminster services will operate every 20 minutes calling at Stratford and all stations to Southend. Direct services to Southminster will operate to the normal scheduled frequency.

- Shenfield services will operate to a 10 minute frequency.

- To Cambridge, a half-hourly service will operate calling at Tottenham Hale, Cheshunt, Broxbourne and all stations to Cambridge.

- To Hertford East, Enfield Town, Cheshunt and Chingford, a half-hourly service frequency will operate to each destination.

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