Over-running engineering work has delayed train services between Norwich and London. Photo: Bill Smith
Rush hour rail commuters are facing major delays yet again this morning because of over-running engineering works at Ipswich – two weeks after Network Rail bosses pledged the issue would not be repeated.
A signalling equipment fault between Ipswich and Manningtree and a broken down train between Colchester and Manningtree have added to this morning’s train problems.
According to Greater Anglia, there are currently delays of up to 60 minutes and the line through Ipswich is not expected to reopen until 8.15am. The disruption is expected to last until 9.30am.
Commuters wanting to travel from Norwich to London are being advised to travel from Norwich via Ely and Cambridge to Liverpool Street or King’s Cross - or delay their journeys.
The news has come just hours after Network Rail bosses said they were confident the work would be completed on time and trains would be running as normal between London and the region following the two-day track closure at Ipswich.
It is the 10th time in six years the company has been unable to complete work on schedule on the Great Eastern Main Line.
Speaking after the last set of delays, a Network Rail spokeswoman said: “We are acutely aware of the frustration and inconvenience passengers experience when our work causes disruption rather than delivering better journeys.
“We work hard to ensure our plans are robust and that work can be completed within the time we have available, and we successfully carry out improvements across the region almost every night of the year without encountering problems.”