Page last updated at 10:08 GMT, Friday, 18 April 2008 11:08 UK

Train break down affects services

A broken down freight train has delayed services northbound from London on the mainline to Norwich.

The train broke down during the early hours near Shenfield and single line operations were put in place.

Peter Meades from National Express East Anglia said travellers in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk were being delayed but services were now in recovery mode.

The company has apologised and hopes to resume services during the afternoon as the broken down train had been removed.

Widespread disruption

Mr Meades said: "The freight train is now out of the way but we are going to be in recovery mode for the time being."

Network Rail is working on problems with overhead electric power lines at Romford.

As a result National Express East Anglia services will continue running an hourly service from Norwich to London departing on the hour.

From London the service will be on the half hour.

Essex Metro services are working with frequency reduced to 20 minutes.

There are also knock-on effects on services to Braintree, Clacton, Harwich, Lowestoft and Peterborough via Ipswich.

National Express East Anglia hope to be able to run a full evening peak service.

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