Rail disruption continues across region - three days after bird strike on train near Worstead

A Bittern Line train at Worstead Station. Saturday saw a bird strike on a train near Worstead. A Bittern Line train at Worstead Station. Saturday saw a bird strike on a train near Worstead.

Monday, March 10, 2014
6:00 AM

A bird strike which put a north Norfolk train out of action three days ago is continuing to disrupt rail services across the region today - but Norfolk passengers look set to have escaped further headaches.

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The latest list of cancellations, in Suffolk, follows a string on Saturday which affected services between Norwich and Sheringham, Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

They came in the wake of the dawn incident when the 5.40am Bittern Line Norwich to Sheringham train was brought to a halt near Worstead following a bird strike.

Geraint Hughes, spokesman for rail operator Abellio Greater Anglia, said the train’s windscreen had been so badly damaged that the engine had been taken out of service straight away. The withdrawal created a critical shortage which has had a ricochet effect on services further afield.

Mr Hughes said there was an overall shortage of diesel trains and the latest setback had come at a time when another was out-of-service for repairs following a recent fatality in the Stowmarket area.

Greater Anglia was carrying out two refurbishment programmes which meant individual trains were routinely out of use for periods of time.

“In broad terms we are five or six trains short of our full complement. Normally we have about three or four spare in any one day but these latest incidents mean that we are now right on the limit of availability,” he added.

Alterations had been made to try and avoid disrupting heavily-used services. Among today’s cancellations are the 7.44am Saxmundham to Lowestoft train. A bus was due to run instead. For the full list of changes visit: www.abelliogreateranglia.co.uk

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