Update: Rail bridge collision causes delays on Norwich-London mainline

PUBLISHED: 09:31 23 October 2014 | UPDATED: 15:10 24 October 2014

Greater Anglia train on the Norwich to London service run by Abellio.  Photo: Bill Smith

Greater Anglia train on the Norwich to London service run by Abellio. Photo: Bill Smith

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Rail services on the Norwich-London mainline have been delayed this morning after a vehicle struck a bridge at Needham Market.

Services between Needham Market and Ipswich were affected and train speeds were reduced on the mainline after the collision involving the Coddenham Road Bridge at about 10am.

Network Rail engineers inspected the bridge and a spokesman for Greater Anglia said train services are returning to normal, but trains are being delayed by up to 30 minutes and disruption is expected until 1pm.

A catalogue of rail problems, including slippery tracks caused by leaves on the line, signalling problems and train faults caused delays to services this morning.

A signalling problem at North Walsham resulted in the cancellation to services running between Norwich and Sheringham.

The issue has been fixed by Network Rail. However, a spokesman for Greater Anglia said that disruption on the railway line was expected until 8.20am. The first trains to run will be the 7.15am from Norwich to Sheringham and the 8.22am from Sheringham to Norwich.

Leaves on the line have also caused delays for trains heading into London today.

A spokesman for Greater Anglia said: “Intercity services are being delayed due to the rails being slippery-this will cause congestion to other mainline services via Shenfield.

“Autumn brings high winds, rain and leaf fall, resulting in more frequent line blockages and slippery track.”

Delays were caused first thing this morning following a points failure at London Liverpool Street, which has since been fixed.

A number of services have also been cancelled this morning because of train faults, including the 6.52am Norwich to Great Yarmouth service, the 7.04am Cambridge to Norwich, the 7.32am Great Yarmouth to Norwich, the 7.47am Lowestoft to Norwich, the 8.36am Norwich to Great Yarmouth, 8.40am Norwich to Cambridge, 10.12am Cambridge to Norwich, 11.17am Great Yarmouth to Norwich, and 1.12pm Cambridge to Norwich.

A spokesman for Greater Anglia said: “We had a couple of trains which required additional maintenance overnight and we apologise for the requirement of our customers to use alternative means of transport including bus replacement services or other train operators’ services. We are working to rectify the train faults as quickly as possible.

“In addition, there was an earlier signalling problem, now resolved, which led to cancellations on services between Norwich and Sheringham.

“Our Intercity services between London and Norwich are running with minor delays of up to 5 minutes. We apologise for the inconvenience our customers have experienced this morning because of this service disruption.”


  • Iceni Warrior says - when your journey to work make you sad and throwing your rattle out of your pram. Then it's time to move closer to where you work.

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    Iceni Warrior

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • This is not Anglia's fault, the bridge has to be inspected. would you expect to go over the bridge at 100mph, only to find the track was out of line, and caused a bad accident. And for you moaning about trees, the same thing could happen at 100mph one through the windscreen possibly injuring the driver?, use you brains for once

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    Derek McDonald

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Looked like Monday's trains were ok ... Tuesday and Wednesday were awful .. and now today!! So far this week that is 25% ok ... and look at the reasons: slippery rails, poor rail conditions, train crew delayed, and more. And no bicycle facilities due to train faults .. but why put a bike on the train, it's quicker to cycle. My plans to get to London this week scuppered by Lesser Anglia

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    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Daisy. The locos had sand boxes at the front to aid grip on slippery rails Hello Larson. long time, no hear from. Got the computer repaired have you ?. Yes I do work, (life is full of surprises). I am surprised that you are not commenting on the furhore about advance notification of inspections and (just for you Larson) to save the useless teachers skins. About time there were inspections at that useless institution the UEA.

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    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Nothing probably because there would be protests if they dared to prune or cut down the offending trees. This is exactly what happened in Sutton in South London some years ago. They just can't win.

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    nicholas dasey

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • I get the general impression that there is not as much tree cutting along side lines as there used to be. There is a place for everything and self seeded sycamore trees etc alongside rail tracks are not a good plan . Obviously where a line passes through actual woodland it is another matter. What did the rail companies do in the "old days"?

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • Just phoned the office and told them I would be late again, yes again!!!!!!

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    Cuthbert J. Twillie

    Thursday, October 23, 2014

  • What a load of cr*p. You go to Europe (Netherlands), and there are no delays due to "leaves on the line" . The only delays are either a broken down train or an accident, but these are moved quickly to avoid long delays, unlike in this country where the whole section is closed down by plod for days on end. A third world service for a third world country.

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    Thursday, October 23, 2014

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