Rail chaos across the region once again

Rail passengers have once again been hit by chaos on the trains. Overhead powerline problems are affecting the East Coast mainline while services have been suspended between Stowmarket and Ipswich on the Great Eastern mainline due to over-running engineering works.

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"The worst train journey of my life" - passengers plagued by rail disruption yet again.

An East Coast train. Credit: Martin Keene / PA Archive.

It was a Bank Holiday nightmare for rail passengers - and one that left a hangover this morning as thousands tried to return to work.

Commuters in Peterborough were greeted by dozens of cancellations and hours of delays after overhead cables came down on the East Coast main line yesterday.

Passengers heading into London King's Cross last night and today endured long waits on crowded platforms and, for those that did get a train, it was a very cramped journey, as Matthew Hudson reports.

Network Rail apologises to passengers for "dreadful performance" in the Anglia region

Network Rail has apologised for its "dreadful performance" after commuters in the Anglia region faced two days of disruption, delays and cancellations.

The company, which is responsible for the country's rail infrastructure, agreed things had gone "badly wrong" on both the East Coast and Great Eastern mainlines.

On the Norwich to London line, passengers continue to experience problems due to over-running engineering works.

But Robin Gisby, managing director of Network Rail's network operations, said he did "not yet have a cause" for the issues on the East Coast line between Peterborough and Huntingdon where over-head powerlines came down and blocked the line.

Those problems began on Bank Holiday Monday and continued to cause disruption on Tuesday.

Mr Gisby called it an "appalling incident".

Click below to see his apology to passengers in Suffolk.


Suffolk rail services suspended for the rest of the day

Rail services from Ipswich to Stowmarket, Woodbridge and Felixstowe have been suspended for the rest of the day.

Passengers first began experiencing problems this morning due to over-running engineering works.

It has affected the Great Eastern mainline from Norwich to London as well as rural services in Suffolk, and between Ipswich and Cambridge.

Some bus services are accepting tickets and there are a limited number of replacement buses on the Ipswich-to-Woodbridge rail route.

Major problems for rail passengers across the region

Greater Anglia operates trains from Norwich to London Liverpool Street. Credit: Nick Ansell /PA Wire.

Major problems are continuing to plague passengers on the trains across the region today.

On the Great Eastern mainline, between Norwich and London, rail users are experiencing significant delays because of over-running engineering works.

Trains have been suspended between Stowmarket and Ipswich and replaced by buses.

Greater Anglia said disruption was likely to continue until 2pm.

And on the East Coast mainline, overhead line problems have caused further delays between Peterborough and Huntingdon.

The rail operator said tickets bought to travel on Monday, when the disruption began, can be used today or on Wednesday.

First Capital Connect trains out of London and via Luton, Bedford, and Peterborough, are also affected.

Passengers reported delays of up to eight hours on their journeys on Monday evening, with some not arriving until the early hours of the following morning.

Have you abandoned your journey on the East Coast or Great Eastern mainlines today and decided to work from home instead? We would like to do some filming with you so please get in touch. Email anglianews@itv.com or tweet us @itvanglia.

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