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Update: Mainline between Norwich and Diss reopens after pigeon strike causes train fault

PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 July 2014 | UPDATED: 16:40 06 July 2014

A Greater Anglia train. Not the one hit by a pigeon.

A Greater Anglia train. Not the one hit by a pigeon.

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Rail services between Norwich and London are starting to run again after the mainline was blocked for more than two hours because of a bird strike.

Officials from Greater Anglia reported that the mainline between Norwich and Diss has been blocked because of a train hitting an obstruction on the line at around 2pm today.

It later emerged that the cause of the problem was a pigeon hitting the pantograph- the device that connects the train to the overhead powerline.

A spokesman for Greater Anglia said: “Train services between Diss and Norwich are being disrupted owing to one of our trains hitting a pigeon which has caused damage to the train. A safety inspection was carried out to ensure it is safe to operate trains over the line.

“Train services between Norwich Diss are returning to normal but some services may still be cancelled or delayed by up to 30 minutes at short notice. Disruption is expected until 11.59pm.”

First Capital Connect via Cambridge and London Underground will continue to accept Abellio Greater Anglia ticket holders reasonable routes until further notice.

Have you been affected by the delays? Email adam.gretton@archant.co.uk

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