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Fallen Cables Disrupt Norwich-London Services - 7787/12529
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 10th June 2008

Train services between Norwich and London are being cancelled or delayed after overhead cables were brought down near Chelmsford (link below.)

Travellers from Norfolk and Suffolk are advised by National Express East Anglia to use services through Cambridge.

Engineers worked through the night to repair the cables but only one track is passable on the line at Ingatestone.

Jonathan Denby, from National Express, said he had no idea when the line would be fully functioning again.

The overhead wires have been damaged between Chelmsford and Shenfield and it is hoped repairs will be completed for a normal service on Wednesday 11 June.

Many services are affected in Essex and train shuttle services will operate between Harwich and Colchester and between Braintree and Witham.

Lowestoft and Peterborough services will start and terminate at Ipswich.

First Capital Connect will accept National Express ticket holders.

A normal service will operate on the Metro/Southend and Southminster lines.

Re: Fallen Cables Disrupt Norwich-London Services - 7787/12534
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 11th June 2008

Disruption to train services between Norwich, Ipswich and London is set to continue into a second day (link below.)

Network Rail engineers repairing the cables said they hoped to have the work completed by 2000 BST and said in a statement the company was currently investing

Re: Fallen Cables Disrupt Norwich-London Services - 7787/12661
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 9th July 2008

Network Rail has been urged by two councils to start improving the Norwich to London line (link below.)

Norfolk and Suffolk county councils have also written to the Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly about recent disruption to services.

The councils are calling for work to modernise the overhead power lines, some of which date back to the 1940s, to be speeded up.

Network Rail was unavailable to comment on the letter the councils have sent.

Adrian Gunson, from Norfolk County Council and the chairman of the Norfolk Rail Alliance, said there was growing concern that the age and condition of overhead lines near Chelmsford were putting reliability at risk.

Overhead lines are due to be replaced by 2012 but the councils want the work completed earlier.

In the letter, also sent to Ms Kelly, the councils have called for work on signalling to be brought forward, more upgrading of cross-country routes and high maintenance standards.

The two county councils have agreed to ask all their MPs for support over the issue.

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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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