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Train faults causes railway cancellations to and from Norwich

PUBLISHED: 06:52 02 January 2018 | UPDATED: 07:12 02 January 2018

A Greater Anglia train. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

A Greater Anglia train. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

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A number of train services have been cancelled as many people head back to work in Norfolk and Waveney this morning.

Trains in and out of Norwich were cancelled after a train fault.

It is affecting five services:

• 6.52am from Norwich to Great Yarmouth, due at 7.26am.

• 7.30am from Great Yarmouth to Norwich, due at 8.05am.

• 7.47am from Lowestoft to Norwich, due at 8.31am.

• 8.09am from Norwich to Great Yarmouth, due at 8.42am.

• 8.46am from Great Yarmouth the Norwich, due at 9.19am.

It comes as protests are planned across the country at rising rail fares, including outside Norwich station between 10am and 1pm today (Tuesday).

Greater Anglia has raised the cost of journeys by 3.4pc for the start of 2018, with fares nationally now 50pc higher than they were 10 years ago.

The move means that an Ipswich to Norwich from £17.60 to £18.20, while a Lowestoft to Norwich returns goes up from £11.20 to £11.60.

Dave Welsh, from NOR4NOR (Norfolk for Nationalisation of Rail), said: “NOR4NOR condemns the massive 3.4pc fares increase on Greater Anglia services and calls a for a freeze of fares.

“Once again, passengers will be hit by an increase which outstrips pay rises, the highest since 2013. Greater Anglia is simply penalising passengers with fares which are (nationally) 50pc higher than in 2007.”

Greater Anglia’s fare rise is exactly in line with the national average which is set by the government and based on July’s inflation rate.

However Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group which represents train operators, said: “On average, fares will rise by less than inflation this year. For every pound paid in fares, 97p goes directly back to operating and improving services.”

Network Rail has also warned passengers from Norfolk and Suffolk will face longer journeys to London at weekends again for the first three months of 2018 as Network Rail engineers return to install new track and overhead lines on the route to Liverpool Street.

There will be no through weekend trains from the region to the capital in February and March – and no through Sunday services after January 14.

The disruption will continue until the long Easter weekend – March 30 to April 2 – after which no firm plans have been made by Network Rail.If travelling by car, check our live travel map before setting off.

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