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And the problems on the trains continue...

There are yet more problems on the region's rail network this evening - for the third time in 24 hours.

A points failure at Witham means many of the services on the London Liverpool Street to Norwich line are disrupted with some trains delayed and others beginning or ending at different stations.

Greater Anglia has already had to apologise twice in the last 24 hours following an overhead power line problem in Essex last night and a signalling failure close to Liverpool Street this morning.

Network Rail admitted both incidents led to unacceptable disruption for passengers.

Some found themselves sitting on trains for hours with journeys taking up to six times as long as they should have.

Rail passengers faced more delays

Frustrated commuters at London Liverpool Street on Tuesday night Credit: Jessica Lovell

Some of the region's rail passengers have been facing more delays- this time because of a signalling problem.

It's been affecting most services out of and into London Liverpool Street including the Stansted Express.

On Tuesday night Greater Anglia was forced to issue an apology after overhead power line problems between Chelmsford and Hatfield Peverel caused a train to break down.

In some cases, journey's took hours longer than they should have.

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Train boss says sorry after rail misery

Train bosses have apologised for disruption on the Norwich to London Liverpool Street line which saw trains delayed for hours.

Passengers are still facing more problems- the 7.40am from Norwich has been terminated at Stratford.

It comes after overhead power problems caused a train to break down.

I would like to apologise for the delays and cancellations that affected our Mainline services throughout the evening of Tuesday 17 June.These were caused by an overhead power line problem between Chelmsford and Hatfield Peverel which resulted in a train failing, blocking one of the two lines.

– ..

Whilst we aimed to provide alternative services wherever possible, the reduced line capacity did unfortunately result in lengthy delays for many customers. We will be holding a full investigation into the incident with Network Rail as part of our follow-up to help avoid any repeat of this problem.

– Jamie Burles, Managing Director, Abellio Greater Anglia

MP in talks with Greater Anglia rail boss

A Class 90 loco on the Norwich to London line
A Class 90 loco on the Norwich to London line Credit: ITV News Anglia

The new Managing Director of Abellio Greater Anglia will be meeting with an Essex MP today to discuss concerns about rail services.

The Dutch owned rail company has recently been given a two year extension to its franchise.
The Dutch owned rail company has recently been given a two year extension to its franchise. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Witham Conservative MP Priti Patel is a member of the Rail taskforce which is championing improvements on the Great Eastern Main Line.

She'll be meeting Jamie Burles at the House of Commons.

Abellio to run Greater Anglia rail franchise until 2016

Greater Anglia train
Abellio has had it's franchise extended by 27 months Credit: PA

The Department for Transport has announced that Abellio will continue to run the Greater Anglia rail franchise until the summer of 2016.

As part of the agreement the number of off-peak trains between Cambridge and Stansted will double.

Some carriages will also get new seat covers, new carpets, better lighting and power sockets.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:

"This deal means real improvements for passengers on the Greater Anglia network.

"It means more services and better-equipped trains, including international connections via Stansted Airport to the rest of Europe that the region needs."

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