Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 9°C

Search

Passengers packed ‘worse than cattle’ as rail disruption continues through Essex despite lines re-opening

PUBLISHED: 10:46 18 December 2017 | UPDATED: 18:31 18 December 2017

Part of a pantograph broke off and hit a train this morning. Picture: GREATER ANGLIA

Part of a pantograph broke off and hit a train this morning. Picture: GREATER ANGLIA

Archant

Major disruption has been caused to rail services after part of a metal structure which connects to the overhead wires broke off and hit a train at Hatfield Peverel.

Greater Anglia said the part of a pantograph, which is mounted on the roof of carriages to connect with overhead wires, broke off and hit the side of a train this morning.

The rail company advised customers to postpone their journey.

The incident is causing major disruption with delays and cancellations expected to continue until 6pm.

Lines re-opened at 4.15pm, but disruption continued as trains and staff were left in the wrong locations due to the incident.

A limited rail replacement bus service ran, and First Essex bus routes between Colchester, Witham, Braintree and Chelmsford accepted rail tickets.

Derek Monnery, chairman of the Essex Rail Users’ Federation (ERUF), had his journey time extended by one hour into London and two on his journey home to Mistley as a result of the incident.

“The trains on the way home were dangerously overcrowded, absolutely rammed with people. Cattle would not be allowed to travel in those conditions.

“I don’t think it was handled particularly well,” he said.

“Despite incidents like this the politicians want to put fares up 3.5% – they are so totally removed from reality, they don’t appreciate just how busy the rail service is.”

John Smock, ERUF treasurer, added: “This is a serious issue, and this should not happen.

“We’ll have to wait and see what caused the fault, whether it was a problem with the overhead wire or the train, so the jury’s out on that one.

“But it is concerning that this happened on the busiest two-track line in Europe – is the line up to the heavy workload?

“The only thing being funded by government is replacement and repair, but we need to build infrastructure to increase capacity and provide alternatives if things go wrong.”

A Greater Anglia spokesperson said: “We apologise to customers for inconvenience caused. Anyone affected by delays may be able to claim delay repay at www.greateranglia.co.uk/about-us/our-performance/delay-repay.”

For more information on delays and cancellations, visit www.greateranglia.co.uk

Work to complete the final section of the Cornhill revamp in Ipswich has started with the arrival of the first part of the “Four Gateways” artwork which is going up outside Debenhams.

Fares on Ipswich Buses are going up again at the end of November – for the second time in nine months.

Free tickets to go and watch the mighty Tractor Boys play at Portman Road are being given to nearby schools.

A nursery in Felixstowe has been put into special measures after it received its second “inadequate” Ofsted inspection this year.

An Ipswich man suffered cuts and bruises and two broken teeth after being attacked by a neighbour, it has been alleged.

An Ipswich man who allowed his home to be used by county line drug dealers has been given three months by a judge to prove he can change his ways.

A young musician is urging other teenagers to learn to respect one another after she suffered at the hands of bullies.

As politicians in the House of Commons debate the latest draft agreement that has been thrashed out negotiators, business leaders in Suffolk and Essex have shared their thoughts on whether they support Mrs May’s proposals or not.

Ipswich Town supporters were among the best behaved fans in the Championship last season, according to a league table of bans for violence and disorder.

The Southwold brewery Adnams is seeking damages as the main claimant in a group action lawsuit which was filed this week.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24