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Last Updated: Friday, 7 December 2007, 12:00 GMT
Travel chaos as train evacuated
Tree on train
A tree came down on overhead wires at Billericay
Travellers from the eastern region into London faced chaos after train services were disrupted and the A12 in Essex was closed southbound.

Norwich to London rail services were suspended after a tree came down on overhead wires at Ingatestone, Essex.

And two trees came down on the railway line at Billericay forcing hundreds of passengers to evacuate the train.

Travellers also face severe delays on the A12 which was closed at Kelvedon because of a jack-knifed lorry.

The line between Norwich and London is now open with services returning to normal, but the A12 at Kelvedon remains closed.

Train tracks (Pic by Lew Tassell)
Passengers had to walk down the train track (Pic: Lew Tassell)

Hundreds of passengers had to be led from a train after trees came down in high winds near Billericay in Essex.

They were on the 0715 GMT One Railway service from Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street when a tree hit power lines as the train approached.

All services between Southend Victoria and London Liverpool Street remain suspended until the train has been towed away and the overhead power lines at Billericay examined.

"There were sparks coming down the side of the train and we sat there waiting and smoke started filling the carriages and the driver decided to evacuate the train," said a passenger.

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