Travel misery after bridge collapse

COMMUTERS were yet again faced with delays to train journeys today, following the collapse of a new bridge at Liverpool Street station.Hundreds of passengers leaving Ipswich were forced to board underground trains at Stratford, causing more misery for National Express customers.

COMMUTERS were yet again faced with delays to train journeys today, following the collapse of a new bridge at Liverpool Street station.

Hundreds of passengers leaving Ipswich were forced to board underground trains at Stratford, causing more misery for National Express customers.

Daniel Palmer, 21 from Claydon said: “I take the train every day and it seems that every other month there is some kind of disruption.

“As soon as we get to Stratford, it's going to become a real pain. The same thing happened last year and we had to wait for hours before there was enough room on the underground trains.”


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Mike Treacy, 47 of Anglesea Road, Ipswich said: “It's a pretty poor service they subject us to. Fares are increasing all the time while the service diminishes. There was engineering work over the bank holiday and there seem to be delays every weekend.

“I have to arrive at work at a specific time, as do hundreds of other passengers and I think we get treated with some disdain by train operators.”

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It is thought the disruption was caused by a piece of concrete falling from scaffolding on the bridge, which belongs to Transport for London and is part of the East London line extension.

The incident happened at about 7.15pm last night as engineers carried out urgent repairs to the bridge amid safety fears over its structure.

No one was hurt by the debris but National Express East Anglia immediately suspended its services and the station was forced to close.

All services to Liverpool Street were terminated at Stratford this morning causing major delays.

The disruption will not come as a surprise to some passengers who have become accustomed to train trouble in recent months.

At Christmas, Transport for London began a vital engineering project to replace the dilapidated bridge, closing Liverpool street station for ten days to carry out demolition.

Andrew Goodrum, business director of the main rail line connected Ipswich with London, apologised for today's chaotic travel arrangements. He said: “Trains trapped from last night's problem are being freed up and Network Rail hope to have everything up and running again by lunchtime. There are no other delays en route.

“We apologise for any inconvenienced caused particularly after being so patient and supportive during the recent engineering works.”

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