Greater Anglia disruption: Design faults in new signalling

Ipswich railway station Travel for thousands of commuters was disrupted

Related Stories

New signalling installed at Ipswich rail station as part of a £25m upgrade has been found to contain faults.

Signal installation overran on the Norwich to London line last weekend disrupting travel for thousands of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex commuters.

Network Rail said a new team had been brought in after finding the faults.

Area director Steve Cassidy apologised for the disruption and inconvenience and said a decision on further work would be made on Friday.

He said: "Passengers suffered as a result of our mistake and I'd like to apologise to all those affected by Tuesday's engineering overrun.

"We have found fault with the original design of the new signalling system.

"A new team has now been brought in to oversee the design of the new system."

Replacing tracks

Further improvement work was planned for this Sunday and a decision will be made on Friday as to what, if any, of the work can proceed, he said.

Network Rail and Abellio Greater Anglia will also carry out a wider review of the entire upgrade programme, which will limit the risk of work overrunning in future.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer called for resignations after mainline trains were cancelled throughout Monday morning.

Network Rail has been replacing 40-year-old tracks, recabling overhead lines, building sidings and installing new signals.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Suffolk

Weather

Ipswich

7 °C 2 °C

Features

  • A very clever little girlBrain gain

    Why are people getting better at intelligence tests?


  • BeefaloBeefalo hunt

    The hybrid animal causing havoc in the Grand Canyon


  • A British Rail signBringing back BR

    Would it be realistic to renationalise the railways?


  • Banksy image of girl letting go of heart-shaped balloonFrom the heart

    Fergal Keane on the relationship between love and politics


  • Don Roberto Placa Quiet Don

    The world's worst interview - with one of the loneliest men on Earth


Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.