Network Rail to carry out overnight repairs after Storm Fionn brings down trees between Norwich and Diss

Passengers travelling between Norwich and Ipswich are urged to check before they travel this evening after large trees fell on to the overhead wires at Tivetshall between Norwich and Diss, also damaging the structures that carry them.

Four structures were damaged and will need to be replaced along with the overhead wires, before the line can reopen. Network Rail engineers will carry out this work overnight and it is expected that services will resume tomorrow morning (Friday 19 January).

Passengers travelling between Norwich and London are advised to travel via Cambridge. Passengers travelling between Ipswich and Norwich are advised to visit the Greater Anglia website for the latest travel information at www.greateranglia.co.uk or www.nationalrail.co.uk 

Meliha Duymaz, Network Rail’s route managing director for Anglia, said: “Several trees have fallen onto the overhead wires between Norwich and Diss, causing significant damage, not only to the wires but to the structures that hold the wires. We are currently working to carry out repairs as quickly as possible. I urge passengers to check before they travel and thank them for their patience while we clear the line.”

Andrew  Goodrum, Customer Service Director for Greater Anglia, said: “Most lines have either got back to normal or will be reopening shortly, but we will not be able to run trains between Ipswich and Norwich for the rest of today or evening. We advise customers to check on the Greater Anglia website or app before they travel. We apologise to customers for any inconvenience they have suffered as a result of delays and cancellations today because of the storm and would encourage them to check if they’re eligible for Delay Repay compensation https://www.greateranglia.co.uk/about-us/our-performance/delay-repay.”