December 10 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Train services from King’s Lynn returned to normal today after being disrupted by the St Jude storm yesterday.
The storm caused trees to fall on the line causing damage to the tracks and overhead cables preventing trains running from Lynn to London all day yesterday.
A spokesperson for First Capital Connect said: “All necessary repairs have now been made on all lines of the Great Northern route and they have been handed back to us by Network Rail.
“We would like to thank our passengers for their patience and advise them that services will continue to return to normal throughout the day, although we are still experiencing residual delays of up to 60 minutes and passengers should please check before they travel.”
Phil Verster, route managing director for Network Rail said: “We apologise to passengers who have been inconvenienced this morning.
“Our engineers have worked through the night to repair the extensive damage caused by yesterday’s storms.
“We were able to open the southbound route for East Coast services from 6am as planned, however northbound East Coast Services out of London were diverted via Hertford while engineers finished this essential repair work.
“The work also prevented First Capital Connect from exiting Welwyn Garden City, affecting routes into and out of Moorgate at the start of service.
“Passengers suffered additional delay as the rail conditions were slippery in places caused by vegetation. An external power blip in the Peterborough area around 9.20am has added to the disruption but has now been resolved.
“I thank passengers for their patience and assure them we are doing everything possible to help the operators to return to timetable as quickly as possible.”
The Lynn to King’s Cross line runs through Watlington, Littleport and Downham Market before heading to Cambridge.
Services to Cambridge had resumed yesterday afternoon however trains could not run any further due to trees on the tracks further up the line.