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Ballot for rail staff strikes over cleaners' jobs

Rail staff on part of the Greater Anglia network are being balloted on strike action after the RMT union accused the operator of "ripping up" procedures.

Greater Anglia run sevices from Liverpool Street into Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk Credit: Press Association

Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union on Greater Anglia's West Anglia route will vote in the next few weeks on whether to launch a campaign of industrial action.

The union claims that changes being planned by the company will lead to the axing of station cleaners' jobs.


Greater Anglia cancels morning rush hour trains

Greater Anglia has announced that no trains will run before 9am on Monday morning due to the bad weather.

The rail operator has advised passengers not to travel before then.

Winds of up to 80mph are forecast and there is expected to be widespread disruption across the road and rail network.

Greater Anglia said:

"We have worked with Network Rail and our plans are based on the high winds of up to 75mph forecast across our region early on Monday morning which presents a significant risk of falling trees/branches (and) damage to railway equipment"

Get updates on alterations for Greater Anglia trains here.

Revised rail timetables for storms

Rail operators are warning of potentially severe disruption to services tomorrow morning as the region prepares to be battered by storms.

East Coast, First Capital Connect and Greater Anglia have all issued revised timetables ahead of the poor weather.

Many routes are likely to be disrupted and passengers are being warned to expect some cancellations.

The operators say updates will be posted on their websites and Twitter feeds this evening and tomorrow morning to keep passengers informed.

Follow the links below.

Greater Anglia apologises for delays

Commuters faced long delays this morning after a signal failure in the Chelmsford area during the rush hour.

A very limited service operated, while engineers fixed the problem. Passengers were advised to postpone their journey until later in the day.

Greater Anglia has apologised to passengers for any inconvenience caused by the signal failure.

Click below to watch Victoria Lampard's report.

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