Urgent rail talks needed

FRUSTRATED bosses from rail operator 'one' were today seeking urgent talks with the counterparts in Network Rail after another night of chaos on the region's railway.

FRUSTRATED bosses from rail operator 'one' were today seeking urgent talks with the counterparts in Network Rail after another night of chaos on the region's railway.

The latest problem arose on the same stretch of track that was closed on Friday night - and early indications were that it was caused by the repairs that were carried out over the weekend.

Today 'one' bosses were having difficulty in hiding their irritation over the latest problems which led to delays of more than an hour on some evening trains from the capital.

Peter Meades from 'one' said: “Three serious incidents in a week caused by infrastructure problems is unacceptable for us and our passengers.”


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Mr Meades said that trains were running normally again today, and hoped that Network Rail had finally sorted out the overhead wire problem in the Ingatestone area.

“We really do need to talk long and hard with Network Rail to find out what caused their problems and how they are going to solve these issues.

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“It is vital to re-establish confidence in the network and we are very sorry for the problems faced by our passengers,” he said.

Network Rail said it was still investigating the cause of last night's problems, but 'one' maintained that the infrastructure company's engineers had told them that they were directly caused by the repairs undertaken over the weekend.

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