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Part to fix railway track won't be here until October, says Network Rail

Lots of trains were cancelled on the Great Eastern Main Line Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A major fault on the railway track that caused misery for commuters on Monday morning will take months to permanently fix.

The problem was caused by a crack on the approach to Liverpool Street station which means trains could not access two platforms.

It led to a number of cancellations on the Great Eastern Main Line and will mean more changes to the afternoon and evening rush hour.

Engineers are working on a temporary fix but Network Rail says the replacement part will not be available until October.

Colchester station, where commuters faced major disruption on Monday Credit: ITV News Anglia.

"I understand the inconvenience this issue causes and apologise to everyone affected. We are working hard to repair this fault as quickly and safely as possible, so that we can get a full service back up and running.

"I advise that passengers check before they travel as some journeys may be split between two trains and trains will be busier than usual.”

– Steve Hooker, Network Rail head of maintenance for Anglia

Network Rail said the fault affected a specialist piece of track which is on a curve and the new part needed to be manufactured to order.

Engineers knew it would need to be replaced in the future but it has deteriorated more quickly than expected. The part was ordered earlier in the year but will still not arrive for four months.

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