Essex: Train delays due to emergency engineering works

Gazette: Essex: Train delays due to emergency engineering works Essex: Train delays due to emergency engineering works

A reduced train service between Essex and London is running this morning due to emergency engineering works.

Emergency work is taking place to repair a junction just outside London Liverpool Street, which has put several platforms at the station out of use.

As a result, there are numerous cancellations and delays taking place.

Trains have been replaced with a shuttle bus service between Braintree and Witham, which is expected to continue until about 3pm.

London Underground and c2c are accepting tickets on reasonable routes.

 

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12:33pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Bhudeeka says...

we have no service at all EERY WEEKEND - is that not enough ahssle for us? is the emergency enigneering to repair the **** up over the weekend?
we have no service at all EERY WEEKEND - is that not enough ahssle for us? is the emergency enigneering to repair the **** up over the weekend? Bhudeeka

1:53pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Scoot says...

And we were delayed the other day by a very similar (same ??) thing. As no major journalists or very senior politicians (cabinet) live in Essex then we are always going to get a third class service. We have a shambles of an engineering company and a shambles of an operator that thinks recovering seats on aged rolling stock is an improvement.
And we were delayed the other day by a very similar (same ??) thing. As no major journalists or very senior politicians (cabinet) live in Essex then we are always going to get a third class service. We have a shambles of an engineering company and a shambles of an operator that thinks recovering seats on aged rolling stock is an improvement. Scoot

2:26pm Thu 8 Nov 12

The Yellow Peril says...

Trains have been pretty poor all week. What's very annoying is when there are delays at Witham station in the morning and you have no idea which platform a train will come in on and which will leave first. The staff all hide away and direct you over the intercom to the platform where the train will in fact leave last. So we were all sitting on the 6.57 on platform 4 as 2 trains came in and left from 1 and 2 - thanks guys!
Trains have been pretty poor all week. What's very annoying is when there are delays at Witham station in the morning and you have no idea which platform a train will come in on and which will leave first. The staff all hide away and direct you over the intercom to the platform where the train will in fact leave last. So we were all sitting on the 6.57 on platform 4 as 2 trains came in and left from 1 and 2 - thanks guys! The Yellow Peril

9:16pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Boris says...

I no longer commute to London but my train to Liverpool Street yesterday left on time and arrived on time. Ditto the return train in the evening.
Yes, I have been delayed countless times but there has always been a reason. Last time it happened I received a full refund.
Give the rail staff a break, they are doing the best job they can, and rail is still more reliable than road.
I no longer commute to London but my train to Liverpool Street yesterday left on time and arrived on time. Ditto the return train in the evening. Yes, I have been delayed countless times but there has always been a reason. Last time it happened I received a full refund. Give the rail staff a break, they are doing the best job they can, and rail is still more reliable than road. Boris

9:36pm Thu 8 Nov 12

keith_l says...

I agree with Boris. The service is actually pretty good. This morning the 7:55 from Witham was terminated at Stratford, but I got the 8:03, still got a seat and was only about 15 mins late for work. The last time that I had a delay over 30 minutes - ie. able to claim compensation - was months ago.

The emergency engineering works were to repair a broken rail between Stratford and Liverpool Street, nothing to do with the weekend engineering works between Witham and Chelmsford.
I agree with Boris. The service is actually pretty good. This morning the 7:55 from Witham was terminated at Stratford, but I got the 8:03, still got a seat and was only about 15 mins late for work. The last time that I had a delay over 30 minutes - ie. able to claim compensation - was months ago. The emergency engineering works were to repair a broken rail between Stratford and Liverpool Street, nothing to do with the weekend engineering works between Witham and Chelmsford. keith_l

8:44am Fri 9 Nov 12

Bhudeeka says...

oh and last night the train did NOT stop at Witham which it was supposed to so we had to get off at Kelvedon and go back and no I am not paying extra fare - its rail companys cockup with wrong informationand shabby service as usual
oh and last night the train did NOT stop at Witham which it was supposed to so we had to get off at Kelvedon and go back and no I am not paying extra fare - its rail companys cockup with wrong informationand shabby service as usual Bhudeeka

2:56pm Fri 9 Nov 12

OrangeChris says...

I've travel down to London from Braintree/Witham several times during the week and at the weekend. I can't remember the last time I had any significant delay. There's been the odd couple of minute stops while the driver waits for a signal to change but at all times the driver is straight on the intercom to make the passengers aware of whats happening.
The Yellow Peril -
The rail staff at the stations are probably all in the offices checking up on the computers to find out as much information as they can for the passengers. And what you said about trains leaving from other platforms before yours, they either didn't stop at the same number of stations as the one you were on (meaning the line was clear quicker) or they were actually meant to through Witham before your one.
I've travel down to London from Braintree/Witham several times during the week and at the weekend. I can't remember the last time I had any significant delay. There's been the odd couple of minute stops while the driver waits for a signal to change but at all times the driver is straight on the intercom to make the passengers aware of whats happening. The Yellow Peril - The rail staff at the stations are probably all in the offices checking up on the computers to find out as much information as they can for the passengers. And what you said about trains leaving from other platforms before yours, they either didn't stop at the same number of stations as the one you were on (meaning the line was clear quicker) or they were actually meant to through Witham before your one. OrangeChris

6:04pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Im_Like_HELLO says...

That is the price you commuters pay, I am afraid, for being among the human tide going in and out of London everyday. Although had Beeching not closed the Braintree-Bishops Stortford line there would be a viable alternative route into London (and vice versa, on the line into Liverpool Street)
That is the price you commuters pay, I am afraid, for being among the human tide going in and out of London everyday. Although had Beeching not closed the Braintree-Bishops Stortford line there would be a viable alternative route into London (and vice versa, on the line into Liverpool Street) Im_Like_HELLO

9:00am Mon 12 Nov 12

The Yellow Peril says...

Orange Chris - thanks for the patronising explanation. Having commuted for 30 years I understand a little about the goings on of the rail staff and I am also good friends with an ex-Witham station worker, who readily admits the failings of the staff when things go wrong.

I agree that our service is generally pretty good but the day I was referring to was a prime example of poor customer service. Indeed the two trains that came in and left before the 6.57 were due to leave before that train but were running late. The point I was making was that the staff directed us all to platform 4 knowing full well that the other trains would still come in and leave before the 6.57. Those trains came in with plenty of spare seats and we watched them both leave before us. Unnecessary annoyance was had by all.
Orange Chris - thanks for the patronising explanation. Having commuted for 30 years I understand a little about the goings on of the rail staff and I am also good friends with an ex-Witham station worker, who readily admits the failings of the staff when things go wrong. I agree that our service is generally pretty good but the day I was referring to was a prime example of poor customer service. Indeed the two trains that came in and left before the 6.57 were due to leave before that train but were running late. The point I was making was that the staff directed us all to platform 4 knowing full well that the other trains would still come in and leave before the 6.57. Those trains came in with plenty of spare seats and we watched them both leave before us. Unnecessary annoyance was had by all. The Yellow Peril

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