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Update: Lines between Norwich and London re-open - but trains still delayed - after person hit by train in Witham

PUBLISHED: 14:14 24 April 2014 | UPDATED: 14:14 24 April 2014

Greater Anglia train on the Norwich to London service.  Photo: Bill Smith

Greater Anglia train on the Norwich to London service. Photo: Bill Smith

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Train lines between Norwich and London have re-opened after earlier disruption caused by person being hit by a train in Witham in Essex.

However, Greater Anglia warned passengers that delays could continue until 4pm.

In an earlier statement posted on its website at 11.07am, the company said: “Owing to a person being hit by a train at Witham all lines are blocked.

“Train services running through this station may be cancelled or delayed by up to 60 mins at short notice. An estimate for the resumption of normal services will be provided as soon as the problem has been fully assessed.”

The collision delayed the launch of the Liberal Democrat’s European election campaign, which is taking place in Colchester.

The party had to send a car to take party leader Nick Clegg from Chelmsford to Colchester because of the train disruption.

In a message posted on its website at 1.50pm, Greater Anglia said: “Following a person hit by a train earlier at Witham all lines are now open.

“Train services running through this station may be cancelled or delayed by up to 30 mins at short notice. Disruption is expected until 16:00.

“Customers are advised train services to and from Colchester, Clacton-on-Sea, Ipswich and Norwich will be subject to delay, short notice alteration and cancellation.

“Advance Purchase Ticket holders may travel up to 60 minutes earlier/later than their booked train (Intercity services)

“We thank you for your patience and understanding.”


  • You people make me laugh, you know nothing of the procedure for this type of incident, you cannot compere this to a road accident. This train was doing 100mph and cannot stop on a sixpence, the driver on stopping the train has to be relieved, another driver has to be got and transported by road, the mess is not the most pleasant thing, the unfortunate person will be scatted all over the place. When the relief driver turns up he has to take the train the next station to allow the passengers to get off. Other traffic has to be stopped, the police will not allow the line to reopen if foul play is suspected. The only witness is nearly always the driver, and he is helpless to stop it. Yes you have to feel for the family, but also the driver, I have known drivers of trains after these incidents never to driver a train again.

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    Derek McDonald

    Friday, April 25, 2014

  • I could not agree more Max Headroom – in any such incident or road accident, the most important thing must be to get the transport network or road open again in the shortest period of time and not creating hours of unnecessary delays trying to find someone to blame!

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    Norfolk John

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • Seems a bit extreme just to disrupt the Lib Dems. In seriousness, the disruption, while inconvenient, is insignificant compared to what one family will be going through today.

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    Valpy Word

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

  • The railways have developed the same mad attitude to serious accidents as the police have on the roads. The balance between finding out what happened and disrupting the smooth running of the transport system is completely wrong. Time to re-assess investigation procedures and methods.

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    Max Headroom

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

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