Ipswich: Trains delayed due to signalling problems

RAIL commuters faced delays today as signalling problems at Ipswich train station have disrupted services.

Trains in and out of the station could be changed or cancelled at short notice, according to National Express East Anglia, and passengers could face delays of up to 60 minutes.

Services from Ipswich to Felixstowe, Saxmundham and Cambridge have been cancelled, while dozens of other services are facing long delays.

The 15.30 from Norwich to Liverpool Street, due to call at Ipswich at 16.09, has been called off, along with the 17.50 train in the opposite direction which should have arrived at Ipswich at 19.04.

Several other main line trains are also facing delays or are not stopping at Ipswich.

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Peter Meades, a spokesman for National Express East Anglia, said they hoped problems would be resolved shortly.

“National Rail has got some signalling problems just north of Ipswich, which have caused some delays to many services heading towards London.

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“Trains are now on the move in both directions.

“They have got engineers on site and have carried out some repairs.

“It might mean that some of the departures from London until 4.30pm or so are slightly delayed because the trains aren’t in exactly the right place, but things are beginning to improve.”

Delays continued even after the repairs had been done as earlier cancellations meant trains were not in the right places. This comes after a series of problems affecting services in and out of the town on Monday.

There were also some issues for trains that were on the move but unable to reach Ipswich Station due to the earlier hold-ups, leaving trains to build up on the tracks.

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