Train repairs cause dozens of rail cancellations across Suffolk and Essex today
06:22 11 November 2015
Rail services between Ipswich and Felixstowe, and Marks Tey and Sudbury are being cancelled this morning, as a result of more trains than usual needing repairs.
Trains running through the routes have been suspended, with replacement bus services in place.
First Suffolk and Panther Travel buses are running between Ipswich and Felixstowe, with journey times extended by around 40 minutes as a result.
Passengers travelling to or from Westerfield station will be unable to get a replacement bus from the station, but rail services between Ipswich and Lowestoft will be calling at Westerfield station instead.
Bus services between Marks Tey and Sudbury are being run by Turners, Ensign, Panther Travel, Regals and Dons of Dunmow, with passengers being told to expect journey times to be around 40 minutes longer than normal.
The first train service affected was the 5.34am service from Felixstowe to Ipswich.
Rail operator Abellio Greater Anglia has expected disruption to continue to the end of the day.
The delays are the latest in a series of problems on Abellio Greater Anglia services this week, with the operator insisting everyhitng was being done to tackle the problem.
A statement on its website, said: “We apologise for the train service cancellations on some local routes in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire in recent days and for the impact the disruption has had on those passengers affected by it.
“The problems are mainly due to some of our diesel trains suffering wheel damage, as a result of poor rail conditions.
“This situation leads to excessive wear on the wheels which must be repaired before the trains can re-enter service.
“We are doing everything possible to repair the trains affected as fast as we can and we are working with Network Rail to try and improve rail conditions to try and prevent further damage.
“We are also seeking to minimise the impact of the disruption by providing bus replacement services wherever practical to cover for cancelled train services.
“Under our Delay Repay scheme, customers whose journeys have been disrupted by the problems can claim compensation by contacting our customer relations team.”