Fresh delays on Greater Anglia trains as engineers find another tree blocking line between Stowmarket and Diss

Overhead power wires and the posts that carry them were brought down between Diss and Norwich. Pictu

Overhead power wires and the posts that carry them were brought down between Diss and Norwich. Picture NETWORK RAIL - Credit: Archant

Commuters using Greater Anglia trains in Suffolk and Essex are facing further disruption after the region’s rail network was brought to its knees by yesterday’s storm.

The power of the storm. Overhead power wires and the posts that carry them were brought down between

The power of the storm. Overhead power wires and the posts that carry them were brought down between Diss and Norwich. Picture: NETWORK RAIL - Credit: Network Rail

Network Rail engineers worked overnight to fix damaged overhead wires between Norwich and Diss which caused all trains between Norwich and Ipswich to be cancelled for several hours.

Gales from yesterday’s storm brought down a number of trees that ended up blocking the line and damaging infrastructure.

Jonathan Denby from Greater Anglia said the intensity of the fairly short storm had caused major problems with trees being blown across tracks throughout Suffolk.

He added: “This storm didn’t last long, but it was very intense and has caused us more problems than the other recent storms.”


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But engineers discovered another tree blocking the line between Stowmarket and Diss early this morning – and Network Rail teams are on their way to try and remove it.

Rail bosses hope to have the Stowmarket to Norwich line open soon but said that disruption is expected until 9am.

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The 6.48am Norwich to London Liverpool Street has been cancelled.

For specific train updates, use the rail operator’s JourneyCheck tool.

Meanwhile, services on the Marks Tey to Sudbury line are now restored.

Passengers using this line faced delays and cancellations yesterday after a train hit a tree.

No-one was hurt but the train itself was damaged and taken to Colchester for repairs.

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