Snow causes chaos across the Anglia region

The Beast from the East has battered our region with up to 30 centimetres of snow in what could be the coldest spell for more than two decades.

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Train operator warns about potential for disruption due to snow

Train operator Greater Anglia is warning passengers to check before they travel as the Met Office predicts snow and freezing temperatures for the next few days.

Greater Anglia says that only key train services will run if two days of heavy snow and extreme weather conditions forecast materialise.

They have been working with Network Rail and weather forecasters to draw up contingency plans for the forecast spell of extreme weather.

“We apologise for the inconvenience that this reduced service causes customers. The last time such heavy snow fell in this region was over 25 years ago. In extreme conditions such as these, we work hard with Network Rail to keep key routes open, using snow ploughs, points heaters and mobilising all staff to clear snow off platforms and heat up and de-ice trains.

– Richard Dean, Greater Anglia

Because of the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday Greater Anglia says it plans to focus on keeping the main routes running if there is heavy snow, which are:

  • Norwich to London, Southend to London, Norwich to Cambridge and Cambridge/Stansted to London.
  • No service: Norwich to Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth and Sheringham, and Ipswich to Felixstowe and Lowestoft. There will be no rail replacement bus service on these routes either.
  • A reduced service will operate between, Ipswich, Colchester and London Liverpool Street due to slower speed restrictions.
  • Services on Monday will end at 22.00 to enable trains to return to return to depots and stations before the forecast snow storms start, so services will start to be reduced from 20.00.
  • Some empty trains will run throughout the night to keep lines clear of snow for the morning commute.
  • On Tuesday and Wednesday, the reduced service will operate only between 06.00 and 22.00.

If the weather is not as extreme as forecast, Greater Anglia and Network Rail say they will work hard to reinstate services and reopen lines as soon as possible.

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