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Network Rail to be quizzed over Ely junction upgrade

The Ely North junction. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

MPs and business leaders will quiz Network Rail this morning about a much-needed upgrade of the Ely North junction.

It follows months of lobbying to ensure a promised half-hourly service on the King's Lynn to London line are on schedule for next year.

"The Ely Junction is now the critical bottleneck holding back the vital Norwich to Cambridge to Stansted 'Innovation Line' which could create thousands of jobs in rural Norfolk."

– George Freeman MP, Mid Norfolk (Con).

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Rail line re-opened but delays and buses continue

The main rail between London and Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk has re-opened after signalling problems near Witham but there will still be delays for commuters well into the evening.

Buses replacing trains outside Witham station in Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia / Serena Sandhu

Buses have been replacing trains between Chelmsford and Witham affecting passengers heading to and from Colchester, Ipswich and Norwich as well as stations between.

Rail operator Abellio Greater Anglia is warning that delays and disruption could continue until 9pm.

In the past fortnight, Abellio Greater Anglia has been forced to cancel 900 train services. Credit: ITV News Anglia / Serena Sandhu

Hour-long delays between Norwich and London as rail line is shut in Essex

An Abellio Greater Anglia Intercity train leaving Norwich station. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Trains on the London mainline serving Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex are being delayed by up to an hour because of a fault with the signalling system between Chelmsford and Witham.

The rail operator Abellio Greater Anglia says all lines are blocked and train services running through these stations may be cancelled or delayed by up to 60 minutes.

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The new East Anglia rail franchise: what you need to know

A key requirement for bidders that trains between Norwich and London have a journey time of 90 minutes or less
A key requirement for bidders that trains between Norwich and London have a journey time of 90 minutes or less Credit: ITV Anglia

East Anglia's next rail franchise is expected to begin in October 2016, as part of a nine year contract.

There are three bidders for the franchise:

  • Abellio East Anglia Limited (a joint venture between Abellio and Stagecoach)
  • First East Anglia Limited
  • National Express East Anglia Trains Limited

They have until 17 December 2015 to submit their their bids to the Department of Transport.

A key requirement for bidders that trains between Norwich and London have a journey time of 90 minutes or less.

The winning bid is expected to be announced in June 2016.

The announcement has been welcomed by Norwich North MP Chloe Smith and Anglian Water Group Director Mark Pendlington, who jointly chair the Great Eastern Main Line Rail Taskforce.

“We welcome today’s publication because it clearly responds to passenger need. As promised, it lays out the expectation of new trains, together with how this will be achieved commercially.

"In short, the winner of this contest will provide state of the art trains to East Anglia within the next few years.

“In the short term, we also welcome the provision of additional fast services from Norwich and Ipswich to London.

“In the long term, our work continues to make sure the necessary track improvements take place over the next ten years, as planned.”

– Chloe Smith MP and Mark Pendlington, Chairs of Great Eastern Main Line Rail Taskforce

Train delays affecting Cambridge, Stansted, Hertford and Bishop's Stortford

Train delays affecting Cambridge, Stansted, Hertford and Bishop's Stortford Credit: Cathal McNaughton/PA Archive

There are delays to train services from Hertford East, Bishop's Stortford, Stansted Airport and Cambridge towards London Liverpool Street because of a fault with the signalling system at Tottenham Hale.

Trains have to run at reduced speed on some lines.Train services running through this station may be cancelled or delayed by up to 50 minutes.

Abello Greater Anglia says the disruption is expected until 8pm on Thursday 30 July.

The train company says the delays and cancellations are only affecting train service inbound to London but this may delay services departing London Liverpool Street. Some services may be diverted via Seven Sisters or terminate before the advertised destination.

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