Liverpool Street signal failure causes second nightmare day of rail travel

Severe disruptions to Abellio Greater Anglia services

Severe disruptions to Abellio Greater Anglia services - Credit: Archant

Rail users have been hit with more delays today, after a signal failure at London Liverpool Street station.

The problems left many routes through Suffolk and Essex delayed, with many routes experiencing late arrivals up to an hour behind schedule.

Among routes affected were those between London Liverpool Street, Ipswich, Norwich, Cambridge, Felixstowe and Braintree.

The issue was repaired by early evening, but left some routes delayed and other services cancelled until the end of the day.

Shortly before 8pm, Abellio Greater Anglia tweeted: “Residual delays, cancellations and alterations up to 15mins to services to/from #LiverpoolSt.”

Yesterday rail users were beset by delays and cancellations after an overhead signal failure, although today’s incidents were thought to be unrelated.


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Passengers were left fuming and Witham MP Priti Patel, who has been a strong campaigner for infrastructure and service improvements to the Great Eastern Mainline, voiced her concerns about yesterday’s delays.

She said: “This disruption is a serious cause of concern and I urge Network Rail to get these problems fixed before the evening rush hour.

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“Commuters should not be disrupted by these types of delays and Network Rail will need look closely at what has gone wrong and take action to prevent this problem from reoccurring.”

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