Over the next few weeks I'll be publishing a log of the worst delays and disruption affecting Greater Anglia' customers. This is not everything by any means, and slight delays and/or isolated incidentrs may not get reported. It should be noted that the majority of incidents are not down to Greater Anglia, but it is a demostration of how the rail network in this region is in need of major investment and upgrade. Here is what happened last week.
Ipswich: Over running engineering works means no trains until 0630 and multiple delays and cancellations throughout the day due to displaced rolling stock and crew
Hatfield Peveral: Broken down freight train blocking line for an hour. Multiple cancellations and delays. Another failed freight train between Southend and Shenfield means another blocked line during morning peak.
Mainline: 1810 London Liv St - Norwich cancelled as usual - is this GA's most unreliable train.
Manor Park: Overhead wire probs mean metro service running with severe delays, which has knock on effect to mainline services
Ipswich: Points failure means delays of up to 30 mins and cancellations well into late morning.
Shenfield: Total signal failure means all lines blocked. Two lines reopened by late morning. delays and cancellations inevitible.
Norwich: 0930, 1030, and 1130 NOR - LON all short formed due to train faults so presumably 1200, 1300 and 1400 return journeys similarly affected.
Hackney Downs: Signalling problems cause 20 min delays and diversions
Norwich: 0624 NOR - LON cancelled due to fault on train
Shenfield: Delays of up to 10 mins due to signalling pro
Colchester: 1130 LON - NOR terminated at Colchester due to train fault. 1430 NOR - LON cancelled as consequence as was 1700 LON - NOR.
Hertford East: Due to lightning strike all services between Hertford East and Ware suspended
Stanstead Airport: Due to speed restrictions all services to and from Stanstead delayed by 10 mins. After 2000 buses replace trains Bishop Stotford to Stanstead
Mainline: 1900 and 2200 NOR - LON 8 car 321 not IC stock, also 1930 and 2100 LON - NOR
Clapton: Services via Clapton suspended throughout morning peak due to points failure at Chingford. All Stanstead/Cambridge/Enfield.Chingford/Hertford East services diverted via Stratford which in turn causes congestion on GEML already delayed due to earlier probs at Kelvedon. Line not reopened till 0900.
Mainline: 0900 and 1400 NOR - LON and 1130 and 1630 LON - NOR operated by 8 car class 321. Also 0902 LON - IPS started from Colchester.
Ipswich: 0920 IPS - CAM and 1044 CAM - IPS cancelled due to train fault
Yarmouth: Due to a lack of stock the Summer services from Yarmouth to London and reverse will start and finish at Norwich. So instead of an 8 or 9 coach train for the holidaymakers they all have to cram themselves AND their luggage onto a single car 153. Beggars belief.
Romford: Romford - Upminster services suspended due to a broken down train
Saxmundham: Due to animals on line (4 legged type I assume) East Suffolk line services delayed by up to 30 mins
Manningtree: Disruptiove passenger on 1800 from Norwich causes 25 min delay which has knock on effect to 5 services resulting in trains running fast and Harwich Town, Dovercourt, Marks Tey, Kelvedon, Witham, Hatfield Peveral and Chelmsford effectively having trains cancelled.
Cheshunt: Due to a broken down train Liv St - Hertford East services diverted via Totenham Hale. No service Teobald's grove - Southbury