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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

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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.

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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Rail line into Norwich station re-opens

Abellio Greater Anglia says following a fault with the signalling system at Norwich station all lines have now re-opened.

Four train services between Norwich and Cambridge and Norwich and London remain cancelled on Tuesday evening.

The rail company apologised to passengers and said trains were now able to run normally after Network Rail engineers made the necessary repairs.

Trains delayed and cancelled by signal fault at Norwich station

Trains in and out of Norwich station are being disrupted by a signalling fault. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Trains in and out of Norwich station are being delayed or cancelled because of a signalling fault. It's affecting all routes from Norwich.

Engineers are on the way to the scene but as yet Greater Anglia say they don't know how long the disruption will last.

Due to a fault with the signalling system at Norwich some lines are blocked. Train services to and from this station may be subject to disruption on all routes. An estimate for the resumption of normal services will be provided as soon as the problem has been fully assessed.

– Abellio Greater Anglia

Cancelled trains

  • 1735 Norwich to Cambridge which was due in at 1859
  • 1800 Norwich to Liverpool St which was due in at 1955
  • 1925 Cambridge to Norwich which was due in at 2041
  • 2030 Liverpool St to Norwich which was due in at 2229

Delays on Norwich to London rail line because of over-running engineering work

Over-running engineering work is disrupting commuter trains into London from Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Archive

There are Monday morning problems for train commuters into London.

There are delays and cancellations on the Abellio Greater Anglia rail line between Norwich and the capital through Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.

Over-running engineering work at Seven Kings in London has blocked two of the four metro lines and they will be closed until at least 8am.

The 0622 train from Norwich to Liverpool St was cancelled because of a person being hit by a train between Ingatestone and Chelmsford on Sunday night.

Train tickets are being accepted on London Underground and some Transport for London bus services.

The rail line between Norwich and London has been plagued with problems in recent months after weekend engineering work was not cleared in time for the Monday morning rush hour.

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