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Rail disruption expected for Monday rush hour on London mainline through Essex

Urgent repairs are being made to the Blunts Hall Road bridge in Witham. Credit: Google Street View

Rail operator Greater Anglia is warning of a reduced train service on the Essex mainline to and from London on Monday because of emergency repairs to a bridge at Witham.

Damage to the bridge at Blunts Hall Road means only one of the two lines is open and is being used by trains going in both directions.

Greater Anglia says a reduced service will operate on the line on Monday 6 July affecting services between Colchester and London including those from Norwich, Diss, Stowmarket and Ipswich.

Earlier on Sunday buses replaced trains between Chelmsford and Colchester.

Anger over halting of rail improvement plans

Stations like Kettering in Northamptonshire would have benefited from electrification of the line. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Plans to electrify the Midland mainline rail route between Bedford and the East Midlands have been put on hold by the Government.

The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin told MPs the planned upgrade is being paused to allow Network Rail to concentrate on other projects

The Conservatives had promised the electrification would be completed by 2020 and even had a pledge in their General Election manifesto.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson

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Northants MPs 'disappointed' with delay to rail upgrade

Kettering MP Philip Hollobone and Wellingborough MP Peter Bone. Credit: ITV News

Electrification of rail lines in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire put on hold

Electrification of rail lines in Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire put on hold Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS

A £38 billion five year plan to overhaul Britain's railways is being "reset" because it is "costing more and taking longer", Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has told MPs.

Electrification work will be "paused" on the Midland mainline.

"On the Midland mainline, better services can be delivered on that line before electrification with things such as speed improvement works.

"So work on electrification will be paused. I want it to be done and done well. It will be part of our future plans for the route.

– Patrick McLoughlin, Transport Secretary

Dip in rail passenger satisfaction levels

There's been a big dip in rail passenger satisfaction levels for Abellio Greater Anglia. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Rail passenger satisfaction levels have dipped particularly on the trains run by Abellio Greater Anglia in the East of England.

The proportion of passengers satisfied with their journey overall has fallen from 82% in spring 2014 to 80% in spring 2015, a survey of 31,000 rail travellers by Transport Focus (formerly Passenger Focus) showed.

The satisfaction rating for Greater Anglia was at 75% down from 80% in autumn 2014. Among the higher scorers was East Coast with 94% of passengers satisfied.

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How taking a risk at a level crossing could kill you

A new campaign has been launched as part of a crackdown on people behaving badly on level crossings.

Last year, British Transport Police investigated more than three and a half thousand offences at crossings around the country - many where people were risking their lives in an attempt to simply save a bit of time.

This week crossings across our region are coming under close scrutiny

Click below to see Malcolm Robertson's report.

Person hit by a train on London mainline into East Anglia

A person has being hit by a train at Kelvedon in Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A person has being hit by a train at Kelvedon in Essex closing all lines between London and East Anglia for a time.

The line has has now re-opened but Abellio Greater Anglia is warning that trains running through the station may be cancelled or delayed by up to 90 minutes, or revised. Disruption is expected until at least 9pm.

Emergency Services and Network Rail staff attended the incident, which involved the 16:00 London Liverpool Street to Norwich service.

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