More rail misery as broken down train blocks London-bound line

PUBLISHED: 14:31 29 August 2014 | UPDATED: 14:31 29 August 2014

A broken-down train is delaying services.  Photo: Bill Smith

A broken-down train is delaying services. Photo: Bill Smith

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Rail users on the Norwich-to-London line are facing more misery this afternoon after a broken down freight train blocked the London-bound line.

In a statement on its website, Greater Anglia said there were delays between Hatfield Peverel and Chelmsford.

It said: “Train services running through these stations may be delayed by up to 40 mins at short notice. Disruption is expected until 15:30 29/08.”

It gave the following customer advice: “Owing to a broken down freight train between Hatfield Peverel and Chelmsford, the London bound line is blocked. Train services are able to pass the broken down train using the Country bound line.

“A rescue locomotive is now on site to recover this broken down freight train, and it is anticipated to be moved by 14:30hrs after all the necessary safety checks have been done.

“We thank you for your patience and understanding whilst this broken down freight train is recovered.”

The latest problems came after over-running engineering works at Ipswich caused major problems on Tuesday.


  • My goodness there has been a lot of whinging about the trains this week.

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    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • luanmapo: not just work commuters and students. 'Ordinary' folk count as well - those who want to go and visit friends, go to concerts, shows and so on. Anything that is 'timed' and for which you buy a ticket in advance can be messed upcancelledruined. Surely Reliability is vital and we can expect better than of late?

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    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Not again! What with train disruption, blockages on the A11 and A47 this week it has been almost impossible to get in and out of Norfolk!

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    Lord 'Elp-Us

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • I do feel for the rail users there is nothing more frustrating than being delayed and you have no control over the situation. What I do wonder is the firms that have so many people working in London do they need all the staff in that base. Could they have a smaller office in London with the main workforce who maybe only leave the office for lunch and to travel home based somewhere else. Assuming they then didn't all decide to move to one place you would have jobs throughout the country and less pressure on trains to the capital.This country is small and with modern communication even smaller perhaps the government should think about this rather than HS2.

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    jennifer jane

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Once again Greater Anglia Trains get caught out, and again not there fault, this was a Rail Freight faulty train, even Chloe Smith could not prevent this

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    Derek McDonald

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • After reading this news, thought it best to quickly log onto greater Anglia's website to see if my husbands return journey from London will be affected today. Thankfully all seems to have cleared now. Yesterday we received over £100 compensation through their delays last month alone. Already printed off 20 delay repay forms in anticipation for this next months fiasco, 2 have been filled in so far. Appalling service week in week out. And before anyone says move back to London, we are both Norfolk born and wish for our family to grow up here too. Why would I pay 5 times my house value to live further south, when we should expect a decent train service for my husband to get to work every day. Let's not forget it's not just. Work commuters, but come next month, students will be needing to get back and forth for schools, colleges and universities.

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    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • I for one am eager to hear what Chloe Smith has to say about this.

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    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • We are all meant to be trying to make more use of public transport, and from the figures we are, but public transport needs to step up to the plate and make itself more usable. Trains and busses are failing to provide a cost effective service and this will and I'm sure already has lead to people to bypass it and go back to the car. Whilst our so called MP's put on a show of solidarity with us, they have delivered nothing and will continue to do so. As in most of these over complicated government privatised contrcted services, it's always going to fail, to many people making money out of it whilst we the cash cow continue to pay for a service but fail to recieve a service. I'm voting with my feet, I'm out, I shall Moo not more.

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    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • This is happening so often it hardly warrants being called news. Interesting that when I caught my usual 6.24 from Norwich yesterday morning the platform was crawling with GA management armed with their clipboards. Obviously expecting an inspection of some sort. Had to laugh when the station announcer found it necessary to proudly announce that "all trains are running on time this morning". Surely that should not be claimed as a success! Plus, all this shambles is happening before we enter 'leaf fall season'. Can hardly wait.

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    David Ward

    Friday, August 29, 2014

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