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Normal rail service resumes after storm damage

Normal service has resumed after storm damage

Normal service has resumed on the regions rail network following storm damage early on Thursday 18.

Trees fell on tracks and overhead lines during the strong winds. More damaged trees fell on overhead lines on Friday 19 adding to the disruption.

They were removed in the morning and normal service had resumed by 4pm.

UK Power Networks say the vast majority of homes and businesses have had their power restored and hope to have the last few completed today.


Girl reduced to tears by racial abuse on train

Do you recognise this man? Credit: British Transport Police

British Transport Police want to speak to this man after two families were racially abused on a train in Hertfordshire.

A passenger got on at Stevenage and sat next to the groups.

One young girl was reduced to tears as he racially abused them.

The man got off the King's Cross to Leeds service at Grantham.

Police believe this man may be able to help their investigation.

Do you recognise this man? Credit: British Transport Police

Essex MP 'fed up to the back teeth' over train disruption

Sir Simon Burns is MP for Chelmsford. Credit: ITV Anglia

An Essex MP has written to the Transport secretary saying he is 'fed up to the back teeth' with disruption on the mainline to London.

Sir Simon Burns - the MP for Chelmsford - said the delays on the Chelmsford to Liverpool street services due to overrunning engineering work is totally unacceptable.

"I accept it is important that badly needed engineering work is carried out to improve and enhance the railway infrastructure on the London Liverpool Street - Chelmsford - Ipswich line, but the price we have to pay for this welcome investment and the improvements it will bring, should not be at the expense of overrunning engineering works and a total disruption to the service."

– Sir Simon Burns MP


Train services expected to be disrupted all day

The derailed train at Wymondham Credit: Tony Aldous

Train operator Abellio Greater Anglia says services between Norwich and Cambridge and Peterborough are likely to be disrupted until the end of the today.

The problems follow the derailment of a freight train at Wymondham earlier today.

Services are currently beginning and terminating at Thetford with a bus service on to Norwich. But it's adding an hour to journey times.

Train operator says services will be disrupted for the rest of the day. Credit: PA

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

Northants MPs 'disappointed' with delay to rail upgrade

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