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Signal failure halts rail service

Trains came to halt for four hours on the line between London, Norfolk and Suffolk on Friday evening after a major signal failure in Essex.

Travellers were hit by the complete breakdown between Manningtree and Colchester.

A National Express East Anglia spokesman apologised for the disruption and said buses replaced trains.

"With up to 500 people on each of these trains it meant we had to quickly find at least 10 coaches for them."

National Express East Anglia spokesman said it was always going to be a challenge to get people to their destination on a Friday evening when a very large number of people were travelling.

By 2300 BST on Friday trains were going through the affected section slowly for safety reasons. Normal services resumed at about 0320 BST on Saturday.

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