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Major improvements to West Norfolk rail line delayed until at least 2019

Major improvements to the junction at Ely North will be delayed. Credit: ITV Anglia

Commuters in West Norfolk may have to wait another 10 years for twice-hourly trains between London and King's Lynn, after it was announced major improvements to the junction at Ely North will be delayed.

Network Rail say the £35 million upgrade, which was set to start in 2016 and is key to the introduction of the new service, has been put back to at least 2019, when the next funding period starts.

It follows a review carried out by the company's chairman.

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Rush hour misery as lorry fire closes A12

The road is closed in both directions Credit: Sgt Colin Shead (Essex Police)

Commuters in Essex face huge delays this morning - the A12 is shut in both directions.

A lorry caught fire at J17 (Great Baddow Bypass) and there is currently congestion from J16 (Galleywood) to J20a (Hatfield Peverel South).

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It happened shortly before 7.30am between the exit and entry slip roads. Due to the position of the lorry, police say the road could remain closed for most of the morning.

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.

Rail disruption across the East to last until Sunday

Greater Anglia trains have been cancelled on some routes. Credit: PA

Rail disruption on branch lines in East Anglia will continue into the weekend.

All trains have been cancelled between Norwich and Great Yarmouth, Felixstowe and Ipswich and Marks Tey and Sudbury.

Greater Anglia say it's because more trains than usual need repairs to wheels. Replacement bus services are in place until Sunday, although the train services will be restored on Monday.

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