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Commuters urged to make small talk to help prevent railway suicides

  • Watch Serena Sandhu's report above

Rail passengers are being urged to strike up conversation beside railway tracks in an attempt to reduce suicides.

The campaign Small Talk Saves Lives is being supported by a Greater Anglia worker who's quick actions prevented a distressed man from taking his own life at a level crossing last year.

The hope from Samaritans who are part of the campaign is that it will start a wider conversation on how suicide is preventable.

Back on track: The half million pound solution to autumn leaves delaying the trains

Leaves on the line make the tracks slippery meaning trains can't speed up or slow down properly. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It is the time of the year when train delays and cancellations are blamed on leaves on the line.

It may seem a poor excuse but rail companies say it can be as dangerous as black ice on the roads.

Some are already running limited services as this year's leaf fall has come early. But Greater Anglia say half a million pounds of investment means they're stopping the problem in its tracks

  • Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Natalie Gray

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Showing off the hundred new trains coming to East Anglia

Greater Anglia has ordered 665 new train carriages from Bombardier in Derby. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The rail company Greater Anglia has been showing off the the new trains coming to a station near you in 2019.

It is a preview of how the new carriages it's buying could look.

The franchise holder is replacing all of its ageing rolling stock with new-look services running in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

Nearly 700 carriages have been ordered from the Bombardier factory in Derby to make up 89 new five-carriage trains and 22 ten-carriage trains.

Commuters using them will have access to plug sockets, USB points and free wifi.

Overall, Greater Anglia is investing £1.4 billion on 169 new trains, of which £900 million is being spent on Bombardier trains.

A further 58 trains are being built for Greater Anglia by Stadler, in Switzerland, for Greater Anglia’s Intercity, Stansted Express and regional services.

  • Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

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