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Train breakdown results in delays

PUBLISHED: 11:59 28 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:54 03 March 2010

COMMUTERS faced delays of up to 40 minutes today after an Anglia Railways locomotive broke down on the main line from Norwich into London.

Services were seriously affected for around two hours between 6am and 8am while staff found a replacement loco for the 5.

COMMUTERS faced delays of up to 40 minutes today after an Anglia Railways locomotive broke down on the main line from Norwich into London.

Services were seriously affected for around two hours between 6am and 8am while staff found a replacement loco for the 5.05am service from Norwich which broke down at Manningtree.

Anyone boarding the first three trains from Ipswich this morning would have been affected by the delays – which by 9am had been reduced to around 15 minutes.

Peter Meades, spokesman for Anglia Railways, said that the reason for the loco failure was unknown but that the breakdown created a knock-on effect to later services into London Liverpool Street.

The chaos comes the day after Mid Suffolk District Council agreed to give £10,000 to Anglia in a bid to improve services on branch lines in East Anglia.

Councils across the region will be asked for £500,000 in contributions to support extra services which otherwise would be make heavy losses.

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