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Essex rail company tops punctuality league table

96.7% of trains on the c2c line in south Essex ran on time in 2013/14 Credit: ITV News Anglia

The rail company that runs trains in south Essex between Southend and London has topped the latest rail punctuality league tables.

National Express which c2c says 96.7% of trains arrived on time in 2013/14, nearly 7% above the UK average

c2c Managing Director Julian Drury said: “We’re delighted to have finished on top of the rail industry’s league table for the third year running. We’re now aiming to run even more trains on time for our customers.”

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Cyclist killed on level crossing

ITV News Anglia has learned that Network Rail wanted to close a level crossing in Suffolk where a cyclist was killed.

A 41 year old man believed to be from Thurston near Bury St Edmunds was hit by a train.

Local people have been campaigning to have the crossing moved to a nearby underpass in the hope that it will save lives.

Click below to watch a report by ITV Anglia's Tanya Mercer

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RAIL: BEDFORD

Disruption on First Capital Connect between Bedford and Brighton due to overhead wire problems at Hendon. Tickets being accepted on local bus routes and London Underground services.

Some lines have now re-opened, but widespread delays and cancellations remain. Passengers are still advised to use East or West Coast mainline services North of London, with buses continuing to run St Albans - Hatfield to connect with Kings Cross services.

Campaigners gather at stations across the East to protest against fare increases

Campaigners at Norwich Station this morning. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's a new year, and a new blow for rail users, as passengers are met with the latest round of price increases.

Campaigners gathered at stations across our region this morning, to protest over an average 3.1 % rise in fares.

Campaigners are upset at a 3.1% increase. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Passengers who commute between Chelmsford and Colchester will see the cost of a season ticket top £2000, whilst the price of a Bedford to London season ticket will reach £4,300.

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Rail fares: Where does the money go?

Train companies retain an average of just 3p from every pound paid for rail tickets, with the vast majority of revenue going on maintenance, staff costs and investment in the rail network, according to figures released by the industry association the Rail Delivery Group:

On average, train companies make a 3p profit in every pound on rail tickets sold. Credit: railfares2014.com/RDG
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