Long delays for rail passengers

COMMUTERS getting back to work after the Christmas and New Year break are today facing chaos on the trains this morning.

COMMUTERS getting back to work after the Christmas and New Year break faced early morning chaos on the trains.

Early services between Suffolk and London Liverpool Street were delayed by up to 60 minutes due to over-running engineering work at Bethnal Green.

Some early trains were unable to run between Stratford and London Liverpool Street and stopped at the east London station.

Network Rail engineers spent all Christmas and New Year installing new overhead cables on a three-mile section between Bethnal Green and Forest Gate.

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It was due to have been completed by 4am today, but druing an early-morning inspection it was found that one section of wire at Bethnal Green was hanging too low, and a further work was need to repair it.

The work was finally completed at about 7.30am and services started running into Liverpool Street again.

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During the rest of the rush hour trains were delayed by between 10 and 20 minutes.

By 11am all main line services were running according to timetables - and there were no further problems anticipated later today.

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