Rail services back on track

Rail services resumed today following a weekend of repair works at the scene of a derailment.Passengers travelling on the Norwich-Cambridge line suffered lengthy delays after area west of the Kilverstone Heath level crossing was closed for track replacement.

Rail services resumed today following a weekend of repair works at the scene of a derailment.

Passengers travelling on the Norwich-Cambridge line suffered lengthy delays after area west of the Kilverstone Heath level crossing was closed for track replacement.

One and Central Trains services began as normal, but Network Rail warned that further works would be required at the site, near Thetford, in the near future.

It comes after the 5.33am Norwich-Cambridge One train struck an object on the crossing and derailed on September 12, which caused “significant” damage to the line.

Hourly replacement bus services were installed at Attleborough and part of the A1075 Watton-Thetford road was closed during Saturday night and all day Sunday as engineers replaced part of the damaged track.

However, a 20mph speed limit and a 24 hour safety watch will remain at Kilverstone Heath until repairs can be carried out on the actual crossing.

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A Network Rail spokeswoman said the company could not complete the works until a British Transport Police and Rail Accident Investigation Branch investigation into the cause of the derailment had been completed.

A watchperson has been posted at the crossing since the accident in a bid to deter motorists from swerving around the barriers whilst a speed restriction is in place.