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Manningtree and Ipswich service disruptions due to overhead line damages

There are currently severe disruptions on the train route between London and Norfolk, Suffolk, and Essex due to damages caused to the overhead electric lines between Manningtree and Ipswich. Greater Anglia have said that all lines have been blocked meaning that services running through affected stations may be delayed or cancelled.

Network Rail engineers have worked to complete the repairs as quickly as possible, but delays and disruptions are still expected, with a rail replacement bus service being available in the interim between Colchester and Ipswich.

Network Rail said:

"We're still fixing the overhead wires between Ipswich and Manningtree and expect this to be completed by the end of the day.

"We're very sorry for the disruption to your journeys."

This disruption comes at a particularly difficult times as the country mourns the death of Her Majesty the Queen, seeing rail traffic to the nation’s capital increasing tenfold as we expect her State Funeral this coming Monday. Due to the expected increased traffic, extra trains had been added to the services for a temporary timetable.

A Greater Anglia spokesperson said: “We are currently unable to run trains between Ipswich and Colchester due to extensive damage to the overhead lines. Network Rail engineers are on site and working to repair the overhead wires.

Greater Anglia have released a statement on the disruptions, stating:

“We have several buses running between Ipswich and Colchester and customers can also travel via Cambridge. Anyone who is delayed for more than 15 minutes can claim delay repay at

“We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused.”

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