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c2c trains 'unlikely' to be running on Christmas Eve morning

The south Essex rail company c2c is expecting to suspend all its morning train services on Christmas Eve because of strong winds forecast overnight.

c2C, which runs trains from Southend to London through Basildon, is advising customers not to travel before late-morning.

A statement issued by the company said: "Once the storm has passed, we will be running test trains with Network Rail to check for blockages on the tracks and any damage to the overhead wires that supply power."

"We will start operating train services once the line is cleared, but this may be late-morning at the earliest. We are very sorry for the disruption this will cause passengers, but we hope that you understand that our priority has to be everyone’s safety."

– C2C

Rail prices set to soar

Rail ticket prices to rise

More rail commuters face a new year price hike after the 2014 fare rises were revealed today.

Increases of just over 3% take those travelling to London from Bedford to over £4,300.

Information wanted after attempted rail cable theft

Detectives are appealing for information after an attempted theft of rail cable near Bury St. Edmunds.

More than seventy metres of cable was found to have been cut, but not taken, close to Elmswell Station on Wednesday.

A grey Mitsubishi Shogun was seen abandoned near the scene two days earlier, which police say could have been used to access the line.

Although train services were not disrupted, investigators want to speak to anybody who may have seen anything suspicious to help them trace the offenders.

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Still a "massive amount" to do on level-crossing safety, says mother

Olivia Bazlinton and Charlotte Thompson who were killed on the level crossing at Elsenham in 2005.

Network Rail needs to do a "massive amount" to make level crossings safer, the parent of a teenager killed by a train has told MPs.

Tina Hughes, who now works with the firm on improving crossings, said Network Rail had made changes but were only "scratching the surface" of what needed to be done.

Ms Hughes's daughter Olivia Bazlinton, 14, and her friend Charlotte Thompson, 13, were hit by a train in 2005 as they crossed the tracks at Elsenham in Essex.

Ms Hughes, who works with Network Rail as its "level crossing user champion", told MPs: "I believe that they have made very significant changes but they are only just scratching the surface of the things that they need to do. There is a massive amount of work that needs to be done."

Olivia's father Chris Bazlinton, appearing alongside Ms Hughes in front of MPs on the Transport Select Committee, said he believed information about their deaths had been covered up in a "conspiracy of silence".

Families speak at level crossing inquiry

Families from this region whose children were killed and seriously injured at railway level crossings have been at a parliamentary inquiry which opened in London today.

The parents of Olivia Bazlinton, who died alongside friend Charlotte Thompson at Elsenham near Bishop's Stortford, were among those to appear before the Transport Select Committee.

It is claimed that Network Rail put financial considerations above public safety.

Matthew Hudson reports.

Father of level crossing victim wants answers from Network Rail

The father of a teenager who was killed at a level crossing in Essex has accused Network Rail of a cover-up - as he prepares to speak at a parliamentary inquiry later today.

Chris Bazlinton's daughter Olivia died with her friend Charlotte Thompson in Elsenham eight years ago.

Today he will join the grandfather of a boy who was badly injured at a crossing in Beccles, Suffolk, in front of the Transport Select Committee this afternoon. The inquiry will look at safety at level crossings.

Today Mr Bazlinton said he wanted to know why key documents linked to the investigation into his daughter's death were not made public sooner.

Network Rail says it has promised the families it is committed to making the railways as safe as possible.

RAIL: PETERBOROUGH TO GRANTHAM

Rail passengers are facing major delays today due to overhead wire problems.

East Coast, East Midlands Trains, Grand Central and First Hull Trains are all reporting delays of two hours as well as cancellations.

All lines are blocked between Peterborough and Grantham.

The disruption is affecting trains heading north from London King's Cross as well as services between Norwich and Sheffield.

Problems are likely to continue throughout the day until 6pm.

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