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Passengers told to expect bank holiday rail disruption

Bank holiday rail disruption Credit: PA Images

Rail passengers are being encouraged to check their route before they travel this bank holiday (May 26-28).

Network Rail will be carrying out engineering works. It means train time times will be altered and some journeys are expected to be longer.

Replacement buses will run between Ipswich and Felixstowe and some lines into Liverpool Street will be closed.

For the latest changes check the Greater Anglia website.

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Cambridgeshire level crossing "was working correctly" before crash, says Network Rail

Police at the scene of the crash at Waterbeach Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Network rail says a level crossing where a train hit a car in Cambridgeshire yesterday evening was working properly.

A woman, thought to be the driver of the car, was taken to hospital following the crash at Waterbeach at around 5.40pm on Thursday, March 29. Her injuries are not thought to be serious.

A spokesman for Network Rail confirmed the crossing lights had been flashing, the barriers had been lowering and "there was no fault with the crossing at the time of the incident".

An investigation by British Transport Police into how the car came to be on the crossing is ongoing.

Network Rail workers on the scene at Waterbeach. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Bridge in Corby to close for seven months

Cottingham Road to be closed Credit: ITV

Cottingham Road in Corby, Northamptonshire will be closed for seven months from January 19.

A bridge on the road, which runs over the railway lines, needs to be shut as part of the upgrade of the line between Kettering and Corby.

Network Rail say the bridge will be raised to allow electric lines to run underneath and is due to reopen on August 14.

Commuters urged to make small talk to help prevent railway suicides

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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.

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Disruption warning for rail users

Network Rail is warning of disruption on the West Coast Mainline this weekend, because of engineering work on much of the line.

Track renewal work at Weedon in Northamptonshire means trains will be diverted via Northampton. Network Rail says all of the work will mean either longer journeys or bus replacement services, and is advising passengers to check before they travel.

The work begins late on Friday evening, and will continue through until Tuesday morning.

"These upgrades will help to provide a more reliable railway which is essential as more people choose to travel by train. There is never a good time to carry out work of this nature but we have worked with the train operators to plan it to cause the least amount of disruption and make sure passengers can plan or make alternative arrangements. I apologise for any inconvenience caused."

– Martin Frobisher, Network Rail
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