Landslip fears cause rail delays

RAIL passengers faced major delays today while engineers took action to prevent a landslip.

RAIL passengers faced major delays today after emergency action was taken to prevent a landslip in the Manningtree area.

One line of the track between Colchester and Manningtree was closed while engineers assessed the problem from about 11.30am today .

Peter Meades, spokesman for 'one' railway, said there was loosening of ground on the embankment because of heavy rainfall and Network Rail had to stabilise the ground to prevent a landslide.

The train operator has reduced the level of service from one train between Norwich and London every half an hour to one an hour.


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It was reduced to single line operation and the changes are expected to last until 6pm.

Mr Meades said: “There will be delays this evening because of the knock on effect. We expect a normal service tomorrow although it's possible there will be slight delays as there might be a speed restriction in place where the work was carried out.”

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Motorists were also held-up at Manningtree's level crossing as one train appeared to be stuck.

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