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Update: Mainline between Norwich and Diss reopens after pigeon strike causes train fault

15:00 06 July 2014

A Greater Anglia train. Not the one hit by a pigeon.

A Greater Anglia train. Not the one hit by a pigeon.

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Rail services between Norwich and London are starting to run again after the mainline was blocked for more than two hours because of a bird strike.


Officials from Greater Anglia reported that the mainline between Norwich and Diss has been blocked because of a train hitting an obstruction on the line at around 2pm today.

It later emerged that the cause of the problem was a pigeon hitting the pantograph- the device that connects the train to the overhead powerline.

A spokesman for Greater Anglia said: “Train services between Diss and Norwich are being disrupted owing to one of our trains hitting a pigeon which has caused damage to the train. A safety inspection was carried out to ensure it is safe to operate trains over the line.

“Train services between Norwich Diss are returning to normal but some services may still be cancelled or delayed by up to 30 minutes at short notice. Disruption is expected until 11.59pm.”

First Capital Connect via Cambridge and London Underground will continue to accept Abellio Greater Anglia ticket holders reasonable routes until further notice.

Have you been affected by the delays? Email adam.gretton@archant.co.uk



  • More senseless comments from people who do not understand the workings of the overheads, it does not take much to damage overheads when something big or small strikes it, trains travelling at 100mph can cause plenty of damage with the pantograph broke until its stops

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    Derek McDonald

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • I leave for work at 5.30am and regularly tw@t into pigeons on my drive to work. look in my mirror and it looks like it is snowing, but it does not stop me for two hours !!!

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    Colby Army!

    Monday, July 7, 2014

  • Typical Greater Anglia - never too bothered about ruffling a few feathers

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    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • Is the pigeon ok?

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    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • When I read the headline I thought that the pigeon might be looking for wage increase.

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    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • Is this an early April Fool? Actually, no, is this a LATE April Fool?

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    marty r

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • Is this a joke?! I have some guests coming from overseas in 7 days time. I would like them to come and see Norwich but feel embarrassed to suggest they take the train from London to Norwich. We cannot rely on this rail line. Hopeless!

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    Lord 'Elp-Us

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • LOL, how pathetic our railway is to London.

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    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • I want to see a photo of the pigeon as well, but not the one that hit the train.

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    Ar ya reet boi?

    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • Can someone clear the line of pigeons (and any other problems), so I can have a stress free day in London + no , I'm not publishing my journeys - to stop any chance of sabotage!!

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    Sunday, July 6, 2014

  • "A Greater Anglia train. Not the one hit by a pigeon". Can you imagine just how disappointing that is?

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    Sunday, July 6, 2014

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