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Train services slashed between Ipswich and London due to Monday’s extreme heat

PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 13:07 19 June 2017

Ipswich railway station. 
Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Ipswich railway station. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Dozens of trains including rush-hour services have been cancelled due to the hot weather preventing services from running at full speed today. All 47 cancellations are listed below – see if you have been affected.

Heat-related speed restrictions imposed by Network Rail will be in place from noon onwards today on Greater Anglia lines, including the London Liverpool Street to Norwich main line.

It means no hourly service from London Liverpool Street to Norwich from noon until 7pm, while the half-hourly return service will also be cut between 12.30pm and 6.30pm.

No other train operators have yet imposed similar restrictions due to the hot weather, it is believed.

Network Rail’s engineering works, including the renewal of overhead lines and new rails, is expected to allow the region’s railway to cope better with hotter temperatures in the future. Other parts of the country are said to have already benefited from this upgrade work, meaning they have not had to impose speed restrictions and therefore cancellations as a result of the nationwide heatwave today.

In general, speed restrictions are imposed to exert less pressure on the rails and prevent them from buckling when they get too hot. Slower speeds are also imposed to protect overhead lines, which can sag during very high temperatures.

See more in our Q&A about hot-weather related train disruption.

London to Ipswich trains will be cancelled at 5.18pm and 6.18pm – and at 3.52pm, 6.49pm and 7.52pm in the opposite direction.

The speed restrictions in place today are between Bow (just outside London Liverpool Street) to Seven Kings, and Brentwood to Shenfield, to prevent trains from damaging the overhead wires.

Network Rail say this is a much shorter section than previous years when restrictions were put in place between Bow and Chelmsford.

A Network Rail spokesman added: “This is because we have been working to replace the overhead wires with new wires that don’t sag in the hot weather, so trains can pass at their normal speed.”

With temperatures forecast to reach 32C today, Greater Anglia confirmed its trains will be required to slow down to protect the track from damage today.

The region’s operator said: “Due to even higher temperatures forecast for the region, Network Rail has imposed heat-related speed restrictions on the Norwich to London mainline, Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria line, Liverpool Street to Braintree lines, and other lines, from noon on Monday

“We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused by these heat-related speed restrictions and the amended timetable that we have to run as a result of the slower speeds.”

Advance purchase ticket holders can travel on earlier or later trains if their service is cancelled.

Passengers can check before they travel at greateranglia.co.uk or @greateranglia.

The 47 cancelled Greater Anglia services today

09:30 Norwich to London Liverpool Street due 11:19

10:30 Norwich to London Liverpool Street due 12:19

10:50 Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street due 11:48

11:30 Norwich to London Liverpool Street due 13:19

11:50 Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street due 12:48

12:00 London Liverpool Street to Norwich due 13:50

12:13 London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria due 13:14

12:30 Norwich to London Liverpool Street due 14:19

12:50 Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street due 13:48

13:00 London Liverpool Street to Norwich due 14:50

13:10 Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street due 14:10

13:13 London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria due 14:14

13:30 Norwich to London Liverpool Street due 15:19

13:50 Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street due 14:50

14:00 London Liverpool Street to Norwich due 15:48

14:10 Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street due 15:10

14:13 London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria due 15:14

14:30 Norwich to London Liverpool Street due 16:17

15:00 London Liverpool Street to Norwich due 16:50

15:13 London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria due 16:14

15:30 Norwich to London Liverpool Street due 17:19

15:48 London Liverpool Street to Braintree due 16:51

15:52 Ipswich to London Liverpool Street due 17:16

16:00 London Liverpool Street to Norwich due 17:53

16:10 Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street due 17:13

16:17 London Liverpool Street to Witham due 17:06

16:30 Norwich to London Liverpool Street due 18:19

17:00 London Liverpool Street to Norwich due 18:42

17:18 London Liverpool Street to Ipswich due 18:35

17:22 London Liverpool Street to Southminster due 18:32

17:25 Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street due 18:24

17:25 London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria due 18:30

17:30 Norwich to London Liverpool Street due 19:17

17:50 London Liverpool Street to Norwich due 19:50

18:16 Witham to London Liverpool Street due 19:01

18:18 London Liverpool Street to Ipswich due 19:41

18:20 Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street due 19:20

18:30 Norwich to London Liverpool Street due 20:20

18:35 London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria due 19:37

18:36 Southminster to Shenfield due 19:36

18:49 Ipswich to London Liverpool Street due 20:14

19:00 London Liverpool Street to Norwich due 20:51

19:10 Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street due 20:10

19:25 Braintree to London Liverpool Street due 20:23

19:35 London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria due 20:34

19:52 Ipswich to London Liverpool Street due 21:16

20:35 London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria due 21:34

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15 comments

  • OK, so its basically the same temperature here in London today, but look! all the trains from LST to IPS are running as scheduled with no cancellations!

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    Rick Deeks

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

  • If Great Anglia really cared they make sure the carriages had working A\C 's so commuters did have to swelter in crammed hot carriages.

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    Jacqueline Norlem

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • Also - the list of cancelled trains here is completely different to the list on GA's website. Ipswich Star having top notch reporting AGAIN.

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    Commuter Man

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • The cancellations are spread so that IF the trains have to run slower there's fewer delays across the whole network. It actually worked pretty well last year. Before Abellio brought this scheme in, there were no announcements (like on other parts of the national network) and then it happened anyway and the delays were far worse! It's actually a genuinely sensible, and, thus far, effective way of managing! I'm a daily commuter and it works for me!

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    Commuter Man

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • Read the article and you will find out why other operators haven't had to cancel trains. And thats probably why Spain + Italy all work in the heat.

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    dbr

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • Freedomf, which American President said we should renationalise our railways and to vote Labour???

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    evilweazel

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • Absolutely, A Smith. Just checked Virgin East and West Coast and East Midlands myself - and nothing about reduced speeds owing to high temperatures. Perhaps someone from Network Rail would care to explain this?

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    chivers49

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • no cancellations listed for london newcastle, london carlisle or london bristol. Is it hotter here or do we just have poorer track and power.

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    A Smith

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • A Quote from an old American President..."If you can't stand the heat in the Kitchen, Get Out ! Time for Labour and RE- NATIONALISATION OF OUR RAILWAYS !...it's already been proved they can still make a Profit !..

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    freedomf

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • Yes 44 deg in spain and the high speed, 300kph train never slows down!! Wonder what happens to HS2!!! if it ever appears.

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    tonyb

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • In Italy, in some areas where the track is in direct sun, the sides of the rails are painted white to reflect heat. Perhaps need to do this here.

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    rustic

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • It is ultimately down to cost. Other countries (especially those hotter) have their rails on concrete slabs and are designed to cope with heat, we have rails on sleepers and ballast which is 5 times cheaper. Our rail infrastructure used to consist of expansion joints which prevented the hot heat of the steel (can be up to 25 degrees hotter than the air temperature) from buckling through thermal expansion but due to an bumpier ride this approach fell out of favour. So Trebor60 you are right. The speed restrictions are due to lowering forces on the track reducing the risk of buckling. Cancelling services is poor but nothing we haven't accepted as the norm. We have been promised rail upgrades which are bare minimums - what happened to high speed rail, air conditioned trains and competitive pricing compared with Europe? Even when we get the new trains, it is more of the same.

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    NorthernBypass

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • Unless I am mistaken the problem has become an issue since lengths of track have been joined up to make a smoother journey. Perhaps someone from the EADT can do some research to see how hotter countries cope in extreme conditions?

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    TREBOR60

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

  • I bet they never had this problem in the days of Steam

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    Tinatyping

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

  • Those people who run train services in Spain and Portugal and Greece, not to mention countries in Africa and Asia, must have some amazingly well kept secret about running trains in hot weather, that Greater Anglia and Network rail are obviously not party to.

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    england1770

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

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