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Published on : Friday, June 24, 2016
For the second day in a row hundreds of commuters were left stranded at various railway stations as floods affected train services on the Abellio Greater Anglia line from London into Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk. The train services were thrown out of gear after flooding damaged signalling equipment between Seven Kings and Ilford.
Additionally, flooding has also badly disrupted services at Manor Park on Thursday. The train operator has apologised to passengers for the disruption.
“We did all that was in our capacity to minimise the impact of the problems,” an Abellio Greater Anglia spokesperson said.
In Chelmsford, passengers were disallowed to go up on to the platforms fearing overcrowding.
About 250 people were estimated to be waiting in the lower station, with hundreds more on the platform itself.
“I have to be in Chelmsford at 12, I can’t miss another day’s money but not going to work. So, the trains aren’t running?” said another.
Greater Anglia, on its website, stated Network Rail engineers were working to restore the train service to normalcy as fast as possible.
It has advised passengers one of two lines between Seven Kings and Ilford will remain closed until at least 12:30 pm.
“Our orange army is out working hard to repair the damage as quickly as possible and keep trains running,” a Greater Anglia spokesperson said. “We apologise for the inconvenience caused and we request that passengers allow a little extra time for any journeys and check before they travel.”
In a statement, Network Rail said Thursday’s heavy rainfall “caused significant damage to waterlogged signalling equipment, which is still affecting services to and from London”.