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Liverpool Street Rail Bridge Debris Halts Services - 7745/12468
Written by Lee on Thursday, 29th May 2008

Thousands of commuters face major delays after services in and out of London's Liverpool Street rail station were suspended (links below.)

Services were disrupted after scaffolding from a new bridge fell onto tracks on Wednesday evening.

Trains to Stansted Airport, and Southend in Essex, Cambridge, Ipswich and Norwich are affected.

Network Rail is hoping to reopen the tracks by 1400 BST. Tube services at the station have not been affected.

Services on the route are terminating at Stratford, Tottenham Hale, Hackney Downs or Seven Sisters.

On Wednesday evening, about three trains were stopped from entering the station and 300 passengers had to walk along tracks to Bethnal Green following the incident.

Network Rail said engineers worked on the site overnight and the structure.

The 1,300 tonne bridge had been inched across existing railway tracks using hydraulic rams, as part of the East London Line extension into Shoreditch.

Re: Liverpool Street Rail Bridge Debris Halts Services - 7745/12475
Written by Lee on Friday, 30th May 2008

Network Rail has demanded "urgent answers" over why construction work on a bridge caused severe disruption at London's Liverpool Street (link below.)

The company, which owns and operates Britain's rail infrastructure, banned Transport for London (TfL) contractors from the site with immediate effect.

The ban would remain until measures were in place preventing a repetition.

TfL said Network Rail were "fully consulted" and agreed to the work on the bridge.

It also said it had already launched a "thorough investigation" with contractors and Network Rail.

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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