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Fallen tree causing big disruption on Norwich to London rail line

PUBLISHED: 14:32 25 September 2019 | UPDATED: 18:06 25 September 2019

New trains will be operating on the Bittern line within weeks. Photo: Greater Anglia

New trains will be operating on the Bittern line within weeks. Photo: Greater Anglia

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Rail passengers travelling to and from London are facing disruption this afternoon after a tree fell onto overhead lines.

There is widespread disruption on Greater Anglia services this afternoon following the incident where a branch fell onto overhead wires between Ipswich and Manningtree.

A Network Rail team are on site and are looking to resolve the problem as soon as possible.

A spokesman for Greater Anglia said the tree has now been removed and the line has reopened.

In a tweet posted at 4.21pm, a Greater Anglia spokesperson said: "Due to a tree branch fallen on the overhead line wires earlier between Ipswich and Manningtree all lines have reopened.

"The Network Rail team are on site have removed the tree from the overhead line."

And a spokewoman for the rail provider said normal service resumed shortly afterwards.

"The line was reopened at about 2.15pm today," she said.

"There was a bit of residual disruption but normal service resumed at 4.45pm."

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But the problem, together with a points failure, had disrupted a number of services, including:

- 12pm London Liverpool Street to Norwich due 1.50pm has been delayed at Colchester and is now 50 minutes late due to a tree blocking the railway.

- 12.30pm Norwich to London Liverpool Street service has been delayed sat Diss due to a points failure

- 2.30pm London Liverpool Street to Norwich, which is due at 2.27pm, has been delayed at Colchester due to a tree blocking the railway.

- 1pm Norwich to London Liverpool Street service due 2.55pm has been cancelled due to a late running freight train.

- 1pm London Liverpool Street to Norwich, due 2.50pm, will now be started from Colchester and will no longer call at London Liverpool Street due to a points failure.

- 1.30pm Norwich to London Liverpool Street service, due at 3.19pm, has been cancelled due to a tree blocking the railway.

- 2pm Norwich to London Liverpool Street service, due 3.55pm, will be started from Ipswich and will no longer call at Norwich, Diss and Stowmarket. This is due to a tree blocking the railway.

- 2pm London Liverpool Street to Norwich service has been cancelled due to a points failure.

Log onto https://www.journeycheck.com/greateranglia/ to check before you travel.

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