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Rail lines checked in Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 16:07 13 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 March 2010

RAIL engineers have found no problems on any track points in East Anglia following the disaster at Potters Bar.

As soon as the probable cause was identified – bolts coming loose from the points on a high-speed track – engineers started checking every set of similar points in the country.

RAIL engineers have found no problems on any track points in East Anglia following the disaster at Potters Bar.

As soon as the probable cause was identified – bolts coming loose from the points on a high-speed track – engineers started checking every set of similar points in the country.

In East Anglia the checks started on Saturday morning – and no problems were found anywhere on the network.

"As soon as the possible cause was isolated, we had teams out inspecting points," said a Railtrack spokeswoman.

"In this region that meant checking points at Ipswich, Colchester, Norwich, Marks Tey – everywhere that you get two tracks meeting each other – and there were no problems found anywhere."

Early indications were that public confidence in the rail network had not been undermined by the accident.

Anglia Railways' spokesman Peter Meades said the normal number of passengers had been using the trains to London this morning.

"Mondays and Fridays always sees fewer passengers early in the morning to the numbers you get on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays," he said.

"We don't get the car park at Ipswich full as quickly on Mondays – but the indications are that passenger numbers are more or less the same as normal."

There had been fears over the weekend that a loss of public confidence in the rail network would cause financial problems for some rail operators – including GB Railways which operates the Anglia franchise.

"It does seem this time that there is an appreciation that rail remains the safest form of rail travel – people have pointed out that you are safer in a train than on the road and that message has got across," said Mr Meades.


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