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Britain's least busy station sees 13-fold increase in passenger numbers

Shippea Hill has lost its title as Britain's least used railway station. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A tiny railway station which nestles in the flat landscape of the Cambridgeshire Fens has seen passenger numbers soar by an incredible 1200%.

Shippea Hill station is a request stop between Ely and Lakenheath and in 2015/16 was the least-used station in the UK rail network with just 12 passengers.

That number has now leapt to 156 passengers in the latest data from the Office of Road and Rail following publicity about the low figures.

Shippea Hill between Ely and Lakenheath had 156 passengers in 2016/17. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A railway station in Angus, Scotland is now the least used in Britain. Just 24 passengers travelled to or from Barry Links station in 2016/17.

London Waterloo maintained its title as the country's busiest station for the 14th consecutive year. with 99.4 million passengers across the forecourt in a year.

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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Rail lines through Milton Keynes re-open following fire

There has been major disruption on trains through Milton Keynes because of a trackside fire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Rail lines have reopened between Milton Keynes Central and London Euston following a large fire at a timber yard in Harrow.

However Network Rail says trains to and from London Euston may cancelled or delayed because trains and train crew are out of position.

It was a difficult day for commuters after a major fire at a London timber yard put one of the busiest rail lines in the country out of action.

All trains into Euston from Northampton and Milton Keynes were cancelled as more than 50 firefighters tackled the flames at the timber yard, further south at Harrow in North West London.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Dani Crawshaw

Train line blocked by fallen tree

A tree on power line has brought train services between Witham and Braintree in Essex to a halt. Credit: PA Wire

The train service between Witham and Braintree has been suspended because a tree has been blown down.

The tree has damaged the overhead electric wires between Witham and White Notley and all lines are blocked. Greater Anglia says disruption is expected until 8am.

Network Rail engineers are at the location of the tree and will remove the debris as quickly as possible.

Buses are currently replacing trains.

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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.

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