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Power failure causes airport delays

Christmas holidaymakers at Stansted Airport in Essex have been facing major delays, after a power failure this afternoon.

Flights were still able to take off and land, but passengers reported that queues for departure were stretching the length of the main terminal building.

Stansted airport said neither the main terminal nor the runway were affected by the power failure Credit: ITV News Anglia

The power failure, which lasted two hours, affected a satellite building and the track transit which takes passengers for boarding. Stansted said neither the main terminal nor the runway were affected and passengers were being taken by bus to their flights.

£10million Greater Anglia makeover gets underway

Travellers using Abellio Greater Anglia trains from Norwich into London know only too well it's been a frustrating year thanks mainly to overrunning engineering work and other related issues.

Whether it's any consolation, from the New Year they'll be travelling in more comfort and style than they've been used to.

The rail operator is spending £10million on refurbishing the mainline fleet - a task that'll take nearly two years.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout

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Northampton's new £20million train station to open in mid-January

Northampton's new train station will open on January 12. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's been confirmed that Northampton's new £20million train station will finally open on Monday January 12.

London Midland had suggested that the station would open at some point next month, but a definitive date has now been agreed.

There had been criticism from many that the station had taken too long to open, with the town's council leader and local MP demanding answers from Network Rail about the delay earlier this month.

"The new station is a fantastic addition to the town.

Its modern design and new facilities provide a fitting gateway to Northampton and is the latest example of investment in the rail network to meet the demands of an increasing number of passengers.

We have all been frustrated by the delay to the opening but I hope everyone will agree the new station was worth the wait when it comes into use on 12 January.”

– Terry Strickland, Network Rail

Much-needed makeover of train carriages to begin

An Abellio Greater Anglia train. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Train operator Abellio Greater Anglia will today begin a much-needed refurbishment of carriages used on the Norwich to London rail line.

The improvements will include new tables and seat covers, power points and better lighting.

The first of the refurbished carriages will return to use early next year with the entire fleet finished by October 2016.

"We are delighted to begin this major refresh for our MkIII carriages, which will deliver a significant improvement in the travelling environment for passengers on our key intercity services between Norwich, Ipswich, Colchester and London."

– James Burles, Abellio Greater Anglia's managing director.

Greater Anglia trains suspended until further notice

Trains on the Great Eastern Mainline are at a standstill this afternoon.

Operator Abellio Greater Anglia says there are problems with the electricity supply between Shenfield and Chelmsford.

It means all trains out of London Liverpool Street heading to Chelmsford and Norwich have been suspended.

Greater Anglia is warning passengers to expect delays and cancellations. It is not known when services will begin again.

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Train line re-opens but delays expected for hours to come

A signalling fault near Stowmarket that has disrupted rush hour trains between Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire has been fixed although delays are expected well into the afternoon.

The train line between Stowmarket and Ipswich has been re-opened after a signalling fault. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Train services between Norwich and Liverpool Street, Ipswich and Cambridge, and Ipswich and Peterborough will be disrupted until further notice, whilst the train service is restored. This involves getting the booked traincrew and trains back into the correct places. Some train services may still be cancelled, have their stopping patterns changed, or started at another station or terminated short of their destination."

– Abellio Greater Anglia

Abellio Greater Anglia says ticket restrictions have been lifted for the remainder of Thursday 18 December so passengers travel on other trains than specified on their advance purchase tickets.

Stansted airports tips for flying this Christmas

820,000 people are expected to use Stansted airport over Christmas Credit: ITV News Anglia

Stansted airport has issued special guidelines for thousands of passengers heading off for Christmas.

They include not wrapping presents to go in hand luggage.

820,000 people are expected to travel between now and January 2nd.

The most popular destinations are Dublin, Barcelona, the Canary islands and Rome.

Monday 22nd December is predicted to be the busiest day with 37,500 passengers forecast to fly.

"Good preparation is key for any journey and as we approach the busy festive getaway we want to help passengers jet off as effortlessly as possible so we have prepared 12 take off tips to help them on their way."

– Karen Smart, Director of Customer Service
  • Check hand luggage is correct size
  • Put hand luggage liquids in clear plastic sealed bags with no container over 100ml
  • Visit www.stanstedairport.com/security for up to date advice on what you can take
  • Don't wrap presents in hand luggage as they may need to be unwrapped by security
  • Crackers and party poppers can't go in hand luggage
  • Check timetable alterations for public transport
  • Check for planned roadworks and pre-book parking
  • Leave plenty of time to get to the airport
  • At security - remove all electricals and liquids from hand luggage
  • And remove coats, belts and empty pockets
  • Once through security - Keep an eye on flight information screens
  • When you have a gate number, make your way there
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