Update: Rail misery continues with three-hour delays on Norwich to London Liverpool Street line
22:46 17 June 2014
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Greater Anglia has warned that trains could be delayed by three hours, more than five hours after damage to overhead wires caused a train to break down at Chelmsford.
Greater Anglia warned the delays could continue until 2am.
In a statement posted on its website at 10.38pm, Greater Anglia said: “Owing to overhead wire damage at Chelmsford that caused a train to break down earlier the Colchester bound line is blocked between Ingatestone and Hatfield Peverel.
“We are currently running a reduced train service with delays of up to 3 hours and expect this to continue until close of service. ”
Passengers tweeted the train operator complaining about being stuck on trains throughout the night.
In a tweet posted at 10.30pm, passenger Phil Smith said: “3 hours to get fr Nch to Colchester & now we’re told could be delayed up to 3h into London.”
Earlier messages included @CharlotteDoveH, who wrote: “been sitting at Shenfield for over an hour! Please tell me I’ll be moving soon! On 1642 from Liverpool St”.
In a series tweets to the Eastern Daily Press, passenger Andy Newman said: “On a broken down train in Essex (1600 Ldn-Nch), line completely blocked, ‘waiting for a tow’. No power, no aircon, total chaos.
“Unbelievable. We are now told we are going to be thrown off this train where it is, presumably so we can walk to Norwich.
“It seems we are going to be abandoned trackside. Time to strip @greateranglia of its franchise.”
He later said the company instead used an emergency engine to move the train.
Dayle Bayliss tweeted: “Been stationary 2 hours, plans keep changing on what they’re doing, meanwhile stuck waiting for something to happen”