Anger at rail cancellations on Sudbury branch line

South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge at Sudbury train station ANL-150127-152938009
South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge at Sudbury train station ANL-150127-152938009

The Sudbury to Marks Tey rail service was cancelled again today due to leaves on the line.

Cancellations first started last Wednesday, with buses and taxis being used to ferry passengers between the stations.

Assington-based South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge, who uses the line to get from Bures station to London, has arranged a meeting with the Rail Minister Claire Perry after growing increasingly frustrated at the lack of service.

Abellio Greater Anglia has apologised for the cancellations and blamed the problems on its diesel trains suffering wheel damage, as a result of poor rail conditions.

The steel tyre of the wheels are damaged when they slip due to the mulch on the line.

The wheels are put out of alignment and have to be sent to have new tyres fitted by a specialist lathe, the closest being in Ilford.

Customers whose journeys have been disrupted by the problems on the line can claim compensation by contacting the customer relations team at contactcentre@abelliogreateranglia.co.uk.

For the full story see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press