Train services into and out of Norwich were servely disrupted this morning due to signalling problems.

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There were delays of up to 60 minutes at the height of the problem.

The 9am Greater Anglia service from London Liverpool Street to Norwich was cancelled. The 9.30am London to Norwich terminated at Ipswich and the 11am London to Norwich train was cancelled.

Meanwhile, East Midlands Trains’ service from Liverpool to Norwich was disrupted not only by the signalling problems but also a landslide between Liverpool and Manchester.

Services have now returned to normal.

Were you affected by the delays? Email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk.

9 comments

  • This is by far the worst intercity route in the country. It is like going back in time. How old must the coaches be? Have they ever been refurbished? I might just be able to cope with driving it when the last bit of the A11 is finally dualled. At present, it is the most miserable train journey possible. Slow, cramped, grubby, unreliable, poor value, no proper catering. You even have to walk to get a coffee in first class. Do they know what first class is? Send them all up to Manchester and back on Virgin and they may get an idea of how professionals do it.

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    a fine city

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • @melalmighty - No, telling the travellers what the problem is wouldn't necessarily make it 'all right', but it would make them less frustrated perhaps, and feel less like they were being patronised. Inevitably, Greater Anglia 'gets the blame' for track and signalling problems - surely it's in their interests then to put pressure on Network Rail to deal with these ongoing problems effectively. It would also help the travelling (or NOT travelling because of cancellations and delays) public to know the nature of that pressure, so that we might see what efforts are being made. As it is, all we get are platitudes.

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    Zebedeedy

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • I travel the Norwich-London line frequently, and trains are delayed more often than they're not. There are signalling faults, or train breakdowns, pretty much every week. The service is expensive, the trains are old and packed like sardines at peak times, especially beyond Ipswich. Some investment needed, I reckon.

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    beeston bump

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • So today's problem is caused by a signalling fault. Another day it might be a train fault, or a member of staff not being available, or 'a matter currently being investigated' which is never revealed. The service is appalling! Perhaps if Greater Anglia spent more time getting its act together and less issuing endless meaningless apologies on Twitter, the situation might improve.

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    Zebedeedy

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • Our transport infrastructure here in East Anglia is a joke - everything from delayed trains to clogged up major roads. The A47 and A140 A12 are a bad joke making eastwest and northsouth travel difficult. For too long we have been the poor relation when it comes to transport investment.

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    Tractorboy

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • Network Rail are responsible for all the track & signal problems, GA are responsible for the train problems, as for "a matter currently being investigated" that you never hear about that could be an accident or major incident. Telling the travellers what the problem is would make it alright would it or miraculously make the problem resolve itself?

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    melalmighty

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • Well they are not back to normal on the Lowestoft Line. GA keep running old class 153 single carriage unit diesels which are not up to the job. This morning the 0954 to Norwich was packed at Oulton Broad. Standing room only. 5 people couldn't get on! On the Saturday before Christmas same thing. A single carriage unit for Christmas shoppers and a football match; again not everyone fitted on board. GA blame lack of rolling stock due to refurbishments and trains in wrong locations.. duh! Simple solution is to lease 2 carriage units not old 153s which are not suitable for these services and to employ senior managers who can manage a railway service properly. Class 170s are the minimum requirement TSO's like GA should be allowed to run. I stopped booking a seat to London now on GA as often you have to change carriages to find one without flatspots on wheels which are both noisy and uncomfortable..The Norwich GA trains are too old and should be scrapped imo and experience.

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    Dave01

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • @melalmighty - No, telling the travellers what the problem is wouldn't necessarily make it 'all right', but it would make them less frustrated perhaps, and feel less like they were being patronised. Inevitably, Greater Anglia 'gets the blame' for track and signalling problems - surely it's in their interests then to put pressure on Network Rail to deal with these ongoing problems effectively. It would also help the travelling (or NOT travelling because of cancellations and delays) public to know the nature of that pressure, so that we might see what efforts are being made. As it is, all we get are platitudes.

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    Zebedeedy

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • Network Rail are responsible for all the track & signal problems, GA are responsible for the train problems, as for "a matter currently being investigated" that you never hear about that could be an accident or major incident. Telling the travellers what the problem is would make it alright would it or miraculously make the problem resolve itself?

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    melalmighty

    Friday, December 28, 2012

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