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24.07.12

Greater Anglia cancels services due to heat

Some trains will not stop at Stratford today, as Greater Anglia had cancelled services due to the heat.

The temperature is expected to exceed 30 degrees in London today.

Some services will be suspended from midday due to the heat and speed restrictions will be put in place. This could lead to delays to other services throughout the afternoon and evening.

The temporary train service aims to reduce congestion caused by the speed limits, and will affect services from London Liverpool Street to Norwich.

Greater Anglia said that Transport forLondon,LondonUnderground and c2c would accept their tickets on Tuesday afternoon for alternative routes toStratfordand beyond.

Passengers can be reassured temperatures are predicted to drop before the opening ceremony on Friday.

The operator issued a statement on their website: “We have sought to cancel the minimum number of trains possible but would like to apologise to customers affected.”

Rail union RMT declared the alterations were due to Government cuts, not the heat.

General secretary Bob Crow said: “Hotter countries thanBritainrun trains without a problem and we have a right to know why key services are running on infrastructure that is half a century old with the inevitable consequences that we have seen this morning.

“It is the cuts agenda that lies behind this latest Olympics transport embarrassment for the Government and it is one that they are set to compound with the McNulty Rail Review assault on budgets.”

The trains that will be cancelled are;

16:17LiverpoolStreet to Witham

16:47LiverpoolStreet to Witham

16:50 Southend Victoria to Liverpool Streetwill be terminated at Wickford

17:12LiverpoolStreet to Witham

17:22LiverpoolStreet to Southminster will be started at Wickford

18:02LiverpoolStreet to Southminster will be started at Wickford

18:16 Witham to Liverpool Street

18:20 Liverpool Street to Harwich International will be started at Colchester

18:38 Liverpool Street to Ipswich will be started at Colchester

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

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Comments

Tom   25/07/2012 at 09:24

This is just the type of news that the media love to hear, and the whole railway industry suffers as a result. To the general public (and me) it sounds ludicrous that trains are cancelled because of the 'heat'. What's the reason? How can we accept this when the rest of Europe (and most of the world) have much warmer summers than Britain, and we don't see their train services grinding to a halt? These questions should be answered to avoid further bad publicity.

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