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More misery for Greater Anglia passengers as broken down freight train causes disruption

It looks like being another frustrating morning for Greater Anglia passengers. Credit: PA

It looks like being another frustrating morning for Greater Anglia passengers.

There's disruption on trains between Colchester and London Liverpool Street due to a broken down freight train at Kelvedon.

The train is now on the move again, but Greater Anglia say that the problems could continue until at least 10am.

Major delays on Abellio Greater Anglia trains between Norwich and London

There is currently major disruption on Abellio Greater Anglia trains between London Liverpool Street and Norwich due to overhead line problems between Marks Tey and Witham in Essex.

Tickets being accepted on London Underground, Cross Country, East Midland and Great Northern train services.

Line damage at Witham Credit: Abellio Greater Anglia

Train services may be cancelled or delayed by up to 60 minutes and disruption is expected until 3pm this afternoon.

Liverpool Street – Norwich services are running between Norwich & Colchester only. Customers are advised to travel via Cambridge and Ely for connections to London & Norwich.

Liverpool Street – Clacton-on-Sea services are running between Clacton & Colchester only. Rail replacement buses are running between Colchester & Witham, with a train service forward to London.

Liverpool Street – Braintree services are running between Witham and Braintree only.

Abellio Greater Anglia tickets are being accepted on London Underground services between Liverpool Street and King's Cross, Great Northern train services between London King's Cross and Ely, and on East Midlands Trains services between Ely and Norwich, in both directions until further notice.

CrossCountry trains are accepting Abellio Greater Anglia ticket holders between Ely and Stansted Airport via Cambridge for passengers travelling via West Anglia services.

Replacement buses are operating between Witham & Colchester, with some buses serving Kelvedon & Marks Tey.

Customers with advance purchase tickets are advised that restrictions have been lifted, and they may travel earlier or later today than the time specified on their ticket.

We thank you for your patience, and apologise for the delay and disruption to your journey today. Network Rail Engineers are on site and are working as quickly as possible to make repairs to the damage.

We would like to make you aware of our delay repay policy which can be found on the Abellio Greater Anglia website.

– Spokesperson, Abellio Greater Anglia

Click here to be directed to the Abellio Greater Anglia website.

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Chancellor asked to approve £500 million rail upgrade for Norwich to London

Today the Chancellor has been asked to sanction the £476 million pound upgrade for the Norwich to London rail line in next month's Autumn statement.

If he does, journey times from the Capital to Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk will be reduced within the next decade.

The big investment would not only attract billions of pounds to the region, it would also bring in thousands of new jobs.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson.

New report calls for more investment in the region's railways

Photocall at Norwich station before the report is sent to London Credit: ITV News Anglia
Great Eastern Rail Campaign Credit: ITV News Anglia

A new report that's been put together by business leaders, calling for more investment in railway services in the east, is being taken to Government today.

The report which has taken a year to compile, asks for half a billion pounds to improve the railways.

Click below to watch a short clip from Mark Pendlington who has worked on the report and is the Chair of the New Anglia LEP.

Train report calls for nearly £500m investment in the region's transport links

Campaign for faster links to Liverpool Street Credit: PA

A report submitted today is calling on the Chancellor to announce an investment of more than £475 million in the Great Eastern Mainline in his autumn statement.

Campaigners claim that investment in the region's transport links could unlock £4.5 billion of economic potential.

Improve infrastructure plea Credit: ITV News Anglia

The report calls the investment a "once in a lifetime opportunity" and details key improvements needed for a faster train service.

We could be the California of Europe, yet we have some of the oldest trains in Britain.

Our rail service is over-crowded, the infrastructure not resilient to failures. It is as quick to go 225 miles over land and sea from London to Brussels as it is on the train to Norwich, over half the distance.

We can’t go on like this.

– Great Eastern Main Line Rail Taskforce

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Delays on Greater Anglia trains because of 'poor rail conditions'

There are delays on the Norwich to London rail line because of "poor rail conditions" at Stowmarket.

Abellio Greater Anglia says there could be hold-ups of up to 15 minutes on services from Ipswich, Clacton, Colchester, Braintree and Norwich.

"Customers are advised Network Rail have their Railhead Treatment Train operating over Greater Anglia route and are doing everything possible to reduce delays to train services. We thank you for your patience and understanding."

– Abellio Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia reveal new train carriages on Norwich to London line

The carriages are due to be upgraded. Credit: Greater Anglia

Train carriages on the Norwich to London rail line are to be upgraded with power points for phones and computers, plus LED lighting, new carpets and seat covers.

Abellio Greater Anglia has agreed a deal for the work with Vossloh, who say the upgrade work will be carried out in Norwich.

The work should be completed in two years time. Credit: Greater Anglia

The first refurbished trains will be in use early next year and the work should be completed in two years time.

What new features will be available?

  • Plug points
  • New LED lighting
  • New carpets
  • New tables
  • New seat covers
  • Upgraded environmentally-friendly controlled emission toilets, including new floors and new taps
  • Re-painting of the carriage interior saloon and vestibule panels, walls and ceilings

"We are delighted to sign this contract with Vossloh Kiepe UK for the upgrade of our MkIII carriage fleet.

This major refresh will deliver a significant improvement in the travelling environment for passengers on our key intercity services between Norwich, Ipswich, Colchester and London, with the first upgraded carriages due into service in the first quarter of next year."

– Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia Managing Director

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.

MP in talks with Greater Anglia rail boss

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. 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.

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