Commuters face more delays on the rails

JADED rail users faced more travel woes today after journeys to and from Liverpool Street were delayed by up to 45 minutes.

JADED rail users faced more travel woes today after journeys to and from Liverpool Street were delayed by up to 45 minutes.

The disruption was caused by signalling problems at Ilford, affecting all trains on the Norwich to London line via Chelmsford and leaving services subject to short notice alterations or cancellations.

The delays come the morning after an evening of chaos on the London mainline.

Passengers from across Suffolk and Essex faced massive disruption yesterday - with some journeys taking more than twice as long as usual.

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Trains were cancelled and others suffered huge delays from 1.30pm when vandals cut a signalling cable near to Bakers Lane in Colchester.

Today, passengers boarded three carriage trains at Ipswich station and were forced to make alterations to their journeys into London.

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Andy Hutchinson, from Elmswell, was on his way to see his daughter's nativity play in Brentwood. He said: “It's always the way on this line and the problems always seem to be down to signalling errors.

“They need to rip all this down and start again.”

Commuter Keith McTucky added: “Three carriages are not enough, especially when we're shelling out £60 a time and having to sit on your briefcase.”

A National Express East Anglia spokesman today said: “Passengers boarding trains at Ipswich were not as badly affected as those on Metro services in Romford and Shenfield.

“We sent out a precautionary message to passengers that there were signalling problems.

“The problems last night were completely out of our control but we had extra staff on hand at stations.”

Yesterday some passengers were stuck on trains for more than three hours while engineers from Network Rail repaired the damage.

National Express East Anglia was forced to run a limited service between Liverpool Street and Norwich - with three trains an hour leaving in each direction between 5pm and 7pm.

British Transport Police (BTP) were called to Bakers Lane in Colchester at 2.20pm. Officers conducted an examination of the scene and enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call BTP on 0800 405040.

Were you caught up in the chaos? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail

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