Hours of delays for passengers travelling from Cambridge to Norwich

An Abellio Greater Anglia train. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

An Abellio Greater Anglia train. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A signalling fault at Spooner Row caused hours of delays for passengers travelling between Cambridge and Norwich on Thursday night.

The problems at Spooner Row first started at 7.50pm with trains initially running at a reduced speed. By 8.25pm all line were blocked at the village and Network Rail confirmed that lines did not reopen until 12.40am on Friday morning.

Abellio Greater Anglia provided a number of rail replacement bus services but some passengers expressed their anger at the delays on Twitter.

@michaeljtbrooks said: 'How hard is it to keep a rail network running? Train has been stuck at Brandon for 1hr. I'm desperate for sleep.'

He added: 'We've arrived at Norwich station, 2 hrs 30 mins late. That's a total of almost 4 hours for what should be an 85 min journey.'

@MelissaHawker said: 'Now at Attleborough & having to change buses! This is proving an epic journey. Any idea when we'll arrive in Norwich?!.'

She added later: 'I have finally arrived in Nch (Norwich) on a bus rail replacement at 2313. Should have arrived at 2041.'

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An Abellio Greater Anglia spokesperson said: 'We would like to apologise to passengers who were delayed between Cambridge and Norwich last night. This was due to a signal fault at Spooner Row, and Network Rail engineers worked as quickly as possible to rectify the problem.

'Emergency rail replacement buses were sourced and used to transport passengers. Owing to two people boarding the wrong bus, a decision was made at Attleborough to transfer passengers from two Norwich-bound buses on to one, where there was enough capacity. One bus called all stations to Norwich, while the other took the two passengers back to Cambridge, to ensure no passengers were stranded.'

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