Update: Trains running between Norwich and London again after earlier signalling problems

Commuters face delays on Norwich to London train route this morning. Photo: Bill Smith Commuters face delays on Norwich to London train route this morning. Photo: Bill Smith

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
7:17 AM

Services on the Norwich-London mainline are back to normal following signalling problems near Diss and Stowmarket.

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Earlier this morning, passengers were warned by Greater Anglia that trains on the Norwich to London Liverpool Street main line could be cancelled at short notice, with trains to London suffering 30 minute delays as a result of the problem.

Rail operator Greater Anglia said the delays and cancellations had happened because of a loss of signalling on the mainline between south of the Norwich area and north of Stowmarket.

Passengers from Norwich wanting to get to London had to get trains to Cambridge and carry on from there to Liverpool Street or King’s Cross.

Greater Anglia said Network Rail engineers worked as quickly as possible to fix the problems and lines were re-opened by 9.30am.

The last train to be cancelled because of the problems was the 10am from London Liverpool Street to Norwich.
The delays come just a week after the introduction of rail fare increases. Rail fares rose on Thursday, January 2, by an average of 3pc, with a rise of 3.1pc across First Capital Connect and 4pc across the Greater Anglia network.

One of those caught up in the delays was Labour county councillor Steve Morphew, who was headed for London but had to be re-routed to King’s Cross via Cambridge.
He said: “I expect more hand wringing and empty promises from our MPs when what long suffering and ripped off passengers need to see is cash and a clear timeline for investing it in improved services.

“Our poor train services hit the economic potential and reputation of Norwich and Norfolk and disrupt the lives of passengers who pay through the nose for a service they can’t rely on.”

4 comments

  • The fares increases seem to arrive on time without fail and are never cancelled. I sometimes think that the priority for better communication with Norfolk is to speed up the Norwich to Cambridge service rather than worrying about the "main line". From Cambridge there is a non-stop 100mph service to London Kings Cross with much better connexions to all other parts of the capital. There is also a good service from Cambridge through to London Liverpool Street for those wanting the City. The only way to achieve Norwich in Ninety on the "main line" is to cut out all stops except Ipswich and Diss leaving local services to fill in the gaps.

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    JCW

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • The fares increases seem to arrive on time without fail and are never cancelled. I sometimes think that the priority for better communication with Norfolk is to speed up the Norwich to Cambridge service rather than worrying about the "main line". From Cambridge there is a non-stop 100mph service to London Kings Cross with much better connexions to all other parts of the capital. There is also a good service from Cambridge through to London Liverpool Street for those wanting the City. The only way to achieve Norwich in Ninety on the "main line" is to cut out all stops except Ipswich and Diss leaving local services to fill in the gaps.

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    JCW

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Not wanting to sound to much like a stick in the mud did we have all these signal problems when we had a person in the many signal boxes?

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    jennifer jane

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • I was at Stowmarket Station just after 9.00am and the 9.29am was cancelled so was the 10.29am according to the station monitor. Also the website said that the 10.08am from Ipswich was cancelled. So the last train cancelled wasn't the 10.00am from Liverpool Street. I can't see that they were up and running by 9.30am. I had to miss my ex-colleague's retirement lunch as I wouldn't have made it it time, so wasn't very pleased.

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    Jools Too

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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