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Broken down train delays commuters

PUBLISHED: 13:44 09 October 2001 | UPDATED: 15:18 03 March 2010

RAIL passengers were facing delays today after a train on the London Liverpool Street to Ipswich and Norwich line broke down in Essex.

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RAIL passengers were facing delays today after a train on the London Liverpool Street to Ipswich and Norwich line broke down in Essex.

The 8am service from London came to halt at Manningtree at 9.10am due to a fault with the engine, which was leaking oil.

It had been moved by 9.55am but the knock on affect meant many passengers travelling on First Great Eastern and Anglia Railways trains were suffering delays of up to an hour.

Alternative transport was arranged for people to ensure they reached their destinations as quickly as possible with some being transferred to other trains, some being offered taxis and others being given a bus service.

Delays to train travel were also affected by a points failure just outside Liverpool Street.

Anglia Railways' Kerry Howard said: "Trains are running about an hour late but that is greatly reducing.

"The major problem has been the points failure outside Liverpool Street.

"Both Anglia Railways and First Great Eastern are doing all they can to help our passengers."

She added that more services were also stopping at Manningtree to pick up passengers affected by today's delays.

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