Delays at Ipswich and Colchester as ‘unforeseen’ issues combine with planned rail closures

The unexpected issue will affect over 100 services today, with trains from London no longer stopping

The unexpected issue will affect over 100 services today, with trains from London no longer stopping at Chelmsford. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

More than 200 services have been delayed on Greater Anglia’s main line this weekend - with unforeseen maintenance issues compounding disruption caused by planned works on the track to London Liverpool Street.

The rail provider had warned it would be closing a portion of the track to London between Liverpool Street and Ingatstone as part of its planned improvement works on Saturday and Sunday.

Regular buses are running non-stop from Chelmsford and Witham to Ingatstone, as well as on the Witham to Braintree line.

Now, due to unforeseen issues with the planned engineering works, bus services are being extended - the Braintree buses will now run to Ingatstone too, and more buses between Chelmsford and Ingatstaone have been added.

Trains are expected to be running around 10 minutes late at stops as far out as Colchester and Ipswich, with Greater Anglia asking passengers to allow extra time for their journeys.


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It is expected the issue will be resolved for tomorrow, with the company stating that services will be disrupted until 2.30am Monday morning.

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