Essex: Train cancellations due to hot weather

Halstead Gazette: Essex: Train cancellations due to hot weather Essex: Train cancellations due to hot weather

Some rush hour trains will be cancelled this evening because of the hot weather.

Speed restrictions will be in place on the Greater Anglia line between London and Essex throughout the day.

A Greater Anglia spokesman said: “Owing to the forecast high temperatures, which can cause the metal tracks and overhead line equipment to expand, Greater Anglia and Network Rail will be imposing temporary speed restrictions on some routes, to reduce the risk of damage to the railway infrastructure."

Trains will be running at reduced speed from 12noon to 7pm, while some rush hour services have been cancelled to ease congestion on the line.

The spokesman said: “We are sorry if your journey is affected by these changes and we thank you for your patience and understanding whilst the temporary speed restrictions are in place.”

In total, 17 services have been cancelled today, including three trains from Liverpool Street to Witham between 5pm and 6pm.

Check which services have been cancelled by visiting journeycheck.com/greateranglia

* Passengers on the branch line between Marks Tey and Sudbury have had to endure a replacement bus service due to a broken down train.

Disruption is expected until 2pm today.

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11:00am Thu 1 Aug 13

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Common you lot!

This story has been published for a full quarter of an hour and not one ‘Doom & Gloom’ Public Transport Whinger has yet bothered to vent their spleen about the terrible sufferings imposed upon them by the vagaries of today’s Railway Inadequacies.

Could it be that they also are wilting under the pressure?
Common you lot! This story has been published for a full quarter of an hour and not one ‘Doom & Gloom’ Public Transport Whinger has yet bothered to vent their spleen about the terrible sufferings imposed upon them by the vagaries of today’s Railway Inadequacies. Could it be that they also are wilting under the pressure? OMPITA [Intl]

12:48pm Thu 1 Aug 13

helpwhatshappening says...

The service will be reduced but not the price, commuters will be expected to travel in conditions they wouldn't expect cattle to be moved in. The usual thing is that the heating is on when its this hot your not moving so no breeze. Then some idiot will pull the emergency cord because they have a jumper and coat on.
The service will be reduced but not the price, commuters will be expected to travel in conditions they wouldn't expect cattle to be moved in. The usual thing is that the heating is on when its this hot your not moving so no breeze. Then some idiot will pull the emergency cord because they have a jumper and coat on. helpwhatshappening

3:22pm Thu 1 Aug 13

Boris says...

At this time of year a lot of people are taking their holidays, so trains are bot so full. It is entirely reasonable for them to cancel a few trains in order to allow the rest to travel at the enforced lower speeds.
At this time of year a lot of people are taking their holidays, so trains are bot so full. It is entirely reasonable for them to cancel a few trains in order to allow the rest to travel at the enforced lower speeds. Boris

3:23pm Thu 1 Aug 13

Boris says...

not so full, sorry
not so full, sorry Boris

8:16pm Thu 1 Aug 13

/@|_|@\ says...

I am always at a bit of a loss when people make excuses for this sort of nonsense. I suffered BR (as it was) when I travelled back and forth up to the smoke before I emigrated. Now, I have lived in several different places and all experience high temperatures well in excess of what currently is being experienced in Essex (> 30C) and we NEVER had cancellations "due to the inadequacies of the system". In addition, one of those places experienced a full four cycle seasonal year. During winter, temps dropping to -10 or below, snow and leaves on the tracks and NEVER had the sort of nonsense that the Brit railways spew.

Leaves on the track? Get serious! It's autumn and it happens EVERY SINGLE YEAR.

Oh, and the fares were a damed site cheaper than those in the UK for (very) similar commutes.

I just don't get it.
I am always at a bit of a loss when people make excuses for this sort of nonsense. I suffered BR (as it was) when I travelled back and forth up to the smoke before I emigrated. Now, I have lived in several different places and all experience high temperatures well in excess of what currently is being experienced in Essex (> 30C) and we NEVER had cancellations "due to the inadequacies of the system". In addition, one of those places experienced a full four cycle seasonal year. During winter, temps dropping to -10 or below, snow and leaves on the tracks and NEVER had the sort of nonsense that the Brit railways spew. Leaves on the track? Get serious! It's autumn and it happens EVERY SINGLE YEAR. Oh, and the fares were a damed site cheaper than those in the UK for (very) similar commutes. I just don't get it. /@|_|@\

9:49pm Thu 1 Aug 13

OMPITA [Intl] says...

/@|_|@\ wrote:
I am always at a bit of a loss when people make excuses for this sort of nonsense. I suffered BR (as it was) when I travelled back and forth up to the smoke before I emigrated. Now, I have lived in several different places and all experience high temperatures well in excess of what currently is being experienced in Essex (> 30C) and we NEVER had cancellations "due to the inadequacies of the system". In addition, one of those places experienced a full four cycle seasonal year. During winter, temps dropping to -10 or below, snow and leaves on the tracks and NEVER had the sort of nonsense that the Brit railways spew.

Leaves on the track? Get serious! It's autumn and it happens EVERY SINGLE YEAR.

Oh, and the fares were a damed site cheaper than those in the UK for (very) similar commutes.

I just don't get it.
Go on - give us a clue where it is you are talking about.
[quote][p][bold]/@|_|@\[/bold] wrote: I am always at a bit of a loss when people make excuses for this sort of nonsense. I suffered BR (as it was) when I travelled back and forth up to the smoke before I emigrated. Now, I have lived in several different places and all experience high temperatures well in excess of what currently is being experienced in Essex (> 30C) and we NEVER had cancellations "due to the inadequacies of the system". In addition, one of those places experienced a full four cycle seasonal year. During winter, temps dropping to -10 or below, snow and leaves on the tracks and NEVER had the sort of nonsense that the Brit railways spew. Leaves on the track? Get serious! It's autumn and it happens EVERY SINGLE YEAR. Oh, and the fares were a damed site cheaper than those in the UK for (very) similar commutes. I just don't get it.[/p][/quote]Go on - give us a clue where it is you are talking about. OMPITA [Intl]

10:01pm Thu 1 Aug 13

Muk says...

/@|_|@\ wrote:
I am always at a bit of a loss when people make excuses for this sort of nonsense. I suffered BR (as it was) when I travelled back and forth up to the smoke before I emigrated. Now, I have lived in several different places and all experience high temperatures well in excess of what currently is being experienced in Essex (> 30C) and we NEVER had cancellations "due to the inadequacies of the system". In addition, one of those places experienced a full four cycle seasonal year. During winter, temps dropping to -10 or below, snow and leaves on the tracks and NEVER had the sort of nonsense that the Brit railways spew.

Leaves on the track? Get serious! It's autumn and it happens EVERY SINGLE YEAR.

Oh, and the fares were a damed site cheaper than those in the UK for (very) similar commutes.

I just don't get it.
I guess our infrastructure wasn't designed to cope with extreme weather because extreme weather as we know it only happens rarely (first hot spell since 2006) which is why the railways appear to be made out of play dough!

As for leaves on the line it's a genuine problem that results in friction reduction between the wheels and the rail, nowadays NR regularly sends out "leaf busters" to clear the lines of leaves but apparently it's still a problem.
[quote][p][bold]/@|_|@\[/bold] wrote: I am always at a bit of a loss when people make excuses for this sort of nonsense. I suffered BR (as it was) when I travelled back and forth up to the smoke before I emigrated. Now, I have lived in several different places and all experience high temperatures well in excess of what currently is being experienced in Essex (> 30C) and we NEVER had cancellations "due to the inadequacies of the system". In addition, one of those places experienced a full four cycle seasonal year. During winter, temps dropping to -10 or below, snow and leaves on the tracks and NEVER had the sort of nonsense that the Brit railways spew. Leaves on the track? Get serious! It's autumn and it happens EVERY SINGLE YEAR. Oh, and the fares were a damed site cheaper than those in the UK for (very) similar commutes. I just don't get it.[/p][/quote]I guess our infrastructure wasn't designed to cope with extreme weather because extreme weather as we know it only happens rarely (first hot spell since 2006) which is why the railways appear to be made out of play dough! As for leaves on the line it's a genuine problem that results in friction reduction between the wheels and the rail, nowadays NR regularly sends out "leaf busters" to clear the lines of leaves but apparently it's still a problem. Muk

12:09pm Sun 4 Aug 13

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Whatever happened to Alf Garnet…………
……?

Our learned friend ‘/@|_|@\’ has some very harsh words to say about his perceived inadequacies of the UK rail infra- structure. Remarks that are sadly so typical of a self-opinionated 'know it all' bigot with such a narrow field of vision and shallow depth of appreciation of the engineering design problem associated with ensuring maximum on-going availability and reliability of an ancient overloaded legacy system that is required to improve and expand within extremely limited budget constraints whilst at the same time strive to perform flawlessly in unusual extremes of environmental conditions.

Does he seriously believe that nothing constructive has been done to pursue a solution to the so called ‘leaves on the track’ problem?

He need only go on line for 30 minutes or so to ‘brush up’ on his ignorance of the matter. He might then learn of the huge efforts that have been - and still are being expended on the issue - not only in the UK - but also in various other countries as well. And no doubt by people who most likely are far better placed in terms of knowledge and expertise than he is.

Should he contest this then maybe he might cogitate upon the matter whilst he quaffs the odd pint (or would that be a Pina Colada?) or two in the corner of his chosen watering hole in ‘Valhalla Never Never La La Land’.

When he comes up with the answer, perhaps he might be prepared to publish his efforts for the benefit of his long suffering commuting comrades he left behind when he uprooted from these shores.

Who knows? He might then be remembered for two great kindnesses he accorded his Mother Country. The inital one of course being emigrating in the first instance - ha ha!
Whatever happened to Alf Garnet………… ……? Our learned friend ‘/@|_|@\’ has some very harsh words to say about his perceived inadequacies of the UK rail infra- structure. Remarks that are sadly so typical of a self-opinionated 'know it all' bigot with such a narrow field of vision and shallow depth of appreciation of the engineering design problem associated with ensuring maximum on-going availability and reliability of an ancient overloaded legacy system that is required to improve and expand within extremely limited budget constraints whilst at the same time strive to perform flawlessly in unusual extremes of environmental conditions. Does he seriously believe that nothing constructive has been done to pursue a solution to the so called ‘leaves on the track’ problem? He need only go on line for 30 minutes or so to ‘brush up’ on his ignorance of the matter. He might then learn of the huge efforts that have been - and still are being expended on the issue - not only in the UK - but also in various other countries as well. And no doubt by people who most likely are far better placed in terms of knowledge and expertise than he is. Should he contest this then maybe he might cogitate upon the matter whilst he quaffs the odd pint (or would that be a Pina Colada?) or two in the corner of his chosen watering hole in ‘Valhalla Never Never La La Land’. When he comes up with the answer, perhaps he might be prepared to publish his efforts for the benefit of his long suffering commuting comrades he left behind when he uprooted from these shores. Who knows? He might then be remembered for two great kindnesses he accorded his Mother Country. The inital one of course being emigrating in the first instance - ha ha! OMPITA [Intl]

3:19pm Mon 5 Aug 13

/@|_|@\ says...

OMPITA wrote:
/@|_|@\ wrote:
I am always at a bit of a loss when people make excuses for this sort of nonsense. I suffered BR (as it was) when I travelled back and forth up to the smoke before I emigrated. Now, I have lived in several different places and all experience high temperatures well in excess of what currently is being experienced in Essex (> 30C) and we NEVER had cancellations "due to the inadequacies of the system". In addition, one of those places experienced a full four cycle seasonal year. During winter, temps dropping to -10 or below, snow and leaves on the tracks and NEVER had the sort of nonsense that the Brit railways spew.

Leaves on the track? Get serious! It's autumn and it happens EVERY SINGLE YEAR.

Oh, and the fares were a damed site cheaper than those in the UK for (very) similar commutes.

I just don't get it.
Go on - give us a clue where it is you are talking about.
Three places on one continent from the north-ease, to the south-east and the south-west. The south-east is (almost) sub tropical.
[quote][p][bold]OMPITA [Intl][/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]/@|_|@\[/bold] wrote: I am always at a bit of a loss when people make excuses for this sort of nonsense. I suffered BR (as it was) when I travelled back and forth up to the smoke before I emigrated. Now, I have lived in several different places and all experience high temperatures well in excess of what currently is being experienced in Essex (> 30C) and we NEVER had cancellations "due to the inadequacies of the system". In addition, one of those places experienced a full four cycle seasonal year. During winter, temps dropping to -10 or below, snow and leaves on the tracks and NEVER had the sort of nonsense that the Brit railways spew. Leaves on the track? Get serious! It's autumn and it happens EVERY SINGLE YEAR. Oh, and the fares were a damed site cheaper than those in the UK for (very) similar commutes. I just don't get it.[/p][/quote]Go on - give us a clue where it is you are talking about.[/p][/quote]Three places on one continent from the north-ease, to the south-east and the south-west. The south-east is (almost) sub tropical. /@|_|@\

3:47pm Mon 5 Aug 13

/@|_|@\ says...

I got it: I'd been wondering what 'OMPITA' could possibly mean or whether it really was a self-evident acronym. That last posting seemingly confirms the latter -- a curmudgeonly old man pain in the arse with a secondary modern education from the fifties that writes fairly well (despite his tendencies to massively overuse run-on sentences), but lives in the past with little understanding of how things can work(as they do outside the good ol' UK). (Phew - these sentences are tough to do.)

Still, with all that time on your hands, OMPITA, I'm surprised you are so vexed about my assertions -- assertions that are easily refuted (or NOT!) from simple research. Check the French, Spanish, US and Chinese rail systems in their climatic extremities. Check the Australian. We don't have issues with LEAVES on the lines for crying out loud. This is the TWENTY-FIRST century, man! And the UK is only now deploying equipment to sweep them before the choo-choo comes along?

Oh and for heavens' sakes mate: Britain -- like the US -- sat on its laurels for too long and so struggles in the 21st century to bring up to a 'fit for purpose' standard an aging and over-regulated, moribund bureaucracy that stifles the development of the free-market forces which would end up offering the punter a much better value for his pound and WAY less taxes in to the bargain. But that's OK. You sit there with your flying ducks traversing the chimney piece and wallow in the wonders of the British Empire and her dominions worldwide - the grandeur of which diminished and disappeared at the same rate as your apparent relevance in the world, leaving you embittered, vituperative and bellicose, sneeringly condescending to those whom you revile not even knowing to whom you speak.

You, sir, are a sorry ol' shadow of a former glorious past and indicative of the attitude that has held back the UK for all these years. I am lucky to have been able to leave -- lucky and damned proud since I take with me the best of Britain and leave behind the dregs that today make me embarrassed of my mother country, the progenitor of so much that made the world what it is today. You sIt by your fireside, relax, enjoy your Holicks and reminisce over your piccies from 1950 and 60s Braintree.

Have a nice life.
I got it: I'd been wondering what 'OMPITA' could possibly mean or whether it really was a self-evident acronym. That last posting seemingly confirms the latter -- a curmudgeonly old man pain in the arse with a secondary modern education from the fifties that writes fairly well (despite his tendencies to massively overuse run-on sentences), but lives in the past with little understanding of how things can work(as they do outside the good ol' UK). (Phew - these sentences are tough to do.) Still, with all that time on your hands, OMPITA, I'm surprised you are so vexed about my assertions -- assertions that are easily refuted (or NOT!) from simple research. Check the French, Spanish, US and Chinese rail systems in their climatic extremities. Check the Australian. We don't have issues with LEAVES on the lines for crying out loud. This is the TWENTY-FIRST century, man! And the UK is only now deploying equipment to sweep them before the choo-choo comes along? Oh and for heavens' sakes mate: Britain -- like the US -- sat on its laurels for too long and so struggles in the 21st century to bring up to a 'fit for purpose' standard an aging and over-regulated, moribund bureaucracy that stifles the development of the free-market forces which would end up offering the punter a much better value for his pound and WAY less taxes in to the bargain. But that's OK. You sit there with your flying ducks traversing the chimney piece and wallow in the wonders of the British Empire and her dominions worldwide - the grandeur of which diminished and disappeared at the same rate as your apparent relevance in the world, leaving you embittered, vituperative and bellicose, sneeringly condescending to those whom you revile not even knowing to whom you speak. You, sir, are a sorry ol' shadow of a former glorious past and indicative of the attitude that has held back the UK for all these years. I am lucky to have been able to leave -- lucky and damned proud since I take with me the best of Britain and leave behind the dregs that today make me embarrassed of my mother country, the progenitor of so much that made the world what it is today. You sIt by your fireside, relax, enjoy your Holicks and reminisce over your piccies from 1950 and 60s Braintree. Have a nice life. /@|_|@\

6:42pm Mon 5 Aug 13

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Fascinating response Bruce! I wonder how long you had to sit in the Dunny drafting that.

Incidentally, I’ll happily settle for the flying ducks any day. Much prefer them to the red backed spiders you’ve no doubt got in the aforementioned place - let alone the bed bugs on the Ghan!

You conveniently don’t mention the slippery rail problems experienced by your railway in Victoria last year? Why might that be? Of course in a land virtually devoid of any decent trees anywhere near the rail tracks you had to go and have the problem caused by caterpillars instead. Well, everyone to his choice I suppose.

You really are showing your vintage old chap with your nostalgic reminisces of Horlicks (that’s Horlicks with an ‘r’ by the way). I suspect that your derogatory comments apropos that quintessential British Beverage are probably just a sad and pathetic cover for an unfulfilled craving for it! Did Nanny cuddle you and give you a mug each day when you got home from prep School? You must have been traumatised when that little perk ended. I expect you’re scarred for life. Try a mug of tea with some Vegemite on toast – that should help to buck you up lad.

By the way, the only ‘Horlicks’ I’ve encountered in the last forty odd years is the stuff you write! Still at least it’s luke warm, wet and sickly - so I suppose that’s something!

Most go now Cobber, got to get to the Job Centre before it shuts because I need to pick up the ‘doings’ so that I can place a bet on a ‘dead cert’ accumulator that my dodgy mate in the stables has given me the nod on.

If it comes up I’ll be out there to have a few tinnies with you. (You’re paying of course). It will be interesting to see how it’s changed since the last time I ‘had the pleasure’ of taking a close up look at Aussie. So glad I was only on my way to New Zealand at the time. Now that is a nice place, with lots of lovely genteel folks. No doubt you are a regular visitor there?
Fascinating response Bruce! I wonder how long you had to sit in the Dunny drafting that. Incidentally, I’ll happily settle for the flying ducks any day. Much prefer them to the red backed spiders you’ve no doubt got in the aforementioned place - let alone the bed bugs on the Ghan! You conveniently don’t mention the slippery rail problems experienced by your railway in Victoria last year? Why might that be? Of course in a land virtually devoid of any decent trees anywhere near the rail tracks you had to go and have the problem caused by caterpillars instead. Well, everyone to his choice I suppose. You really are showing your vintage old chap with your nostalgic reminisces of Horlicks (that’s Horlicks with an ‘r’ by the way). I suspect that your derogatory comments apropos that quintessential British Beverage are probably just a sad and pathetic cover for an unfulfilled craving for it! Did Nanny cuddle you and give you a mug each day when you got home from prep School? You must have been traumatised when that little perk ended. I expect you’re scarred for life. Try a mug of tea with some Vegemite on toast – that should help to buck you up lad. By the way, the only ‘Horlicks’ I’ve encountered in the last forty odd years is the stuff you write! Still at least it’s luke warm, wet and sickly - so I suppose that’s something! Most go now Cobber, got to get to the Job Centre before it shuts because I need to pick up the ‘doings’ so that I can place a bet on a ‘dead cert’ accumulator that my dodgy mate in the stables has given me the nod on. If it comes up I’ll be out there to have a few tinnies with you. (You’re paying of course). It will be interesting to see how it’s changed since the last time I ‘had the pleasure’ of taking a close up look at Aussie. So glad I was only on my way to New Zealand at the time. Now that is a nice place, with lots of lovely genteel folks. No doubt you are a regular visitor there? OMPITA [Intl]

3:16pm Tue 6 Aug 13

/@|_|@\ says...

Why would I not be surprised you'd find New Zealand to your taste? Why, because, as they politely announce before arrival, one winds one's watch back thirty years for the correct local time.

(Actually, never been to Oz, nor NZ, but you think you know it all don't you mate? LOL)

And my apologies for the 'typo': it was not a spelling mistake simply a dropped 'r'.

Time for a nap now, I imagine, gramps: cheers, big ears.
Why would I not be surprised you'd find New Zealand to your taste? Why, because, as they politely announce before arrival, one winds one's watch back thirty years for the correct local time. (Actually, never been to Oz, nor NZ, but you think you know it all don't you mate? LOL) And my apologies for the 'typo': it was not a spelling mistake simply a dropped 'r'. Time for a nap now, I imagine, gramps: cheers, big ears. /@|_|@\

4:12pm Tue 6 Aug 13

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Dropped ‘r’ eh? How odd, - I imagined you to be more of the type that dropped their ‘aitches’.

As for your intuitive decoding ability I do rather like that novel sobriquet. Can I claim it? Or have you taken out a copyright already? I must confess that I have been getting rather bored with the ‘One More Pommie Immigrant To Aussie’ version.

Jeez, is that the time? Gone midnight already. Time for a gonk!
Dropped ‘r’ eh? How odd, - I imagined you to be more of the type that dropped their ‘aitches’. As for your intuitive decoding ability I do rather like that novel sobriquet. Can I claim it? Or have you taken out a copyright already? I must confess that I have been getting rather bored with the ‘One More Pommie Immigrant To Aussie’ version. Jeez, is that the time? Gone midnight already. Time for a gonk! OMPITA [Intl]

5:36pm Tue 6 Aug 13

/@|_|@\ says...

Got me pegged, me ol' china! Luv me glo'l stops and all that nonsense, dun I? Time for me too to take a powder - maybe get me-self a coupla pigs at the local rub-a-dub on the way home from me Cap'n Kirk. (etc. etc. etc.)
I can't sit 'ere and rabbit all day long so - s' long, PITA.
Got me pegged, me ol' china! Luv me glo'l stops and all that nonsense, dun I? Time for me too to take a powder - maybe get me-self a coupla pigs at the local rub-a-dub on the way home from me Cap'n Kirk. (etc. etc. etc.) I can't sit 'ere and rabbit all day long so - s' long, PITA. /@|_|@\

7:33pm Tue 6 Aug 13

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Well I must say it’s been jolly spiffing stuff sparring with you old boy. My old House Master at Eton (yes, he is still around and fully compos mentis) has, so I’ve been told, thoroughly enjoyed monitoring proceedings. Apparently he almost fell out of his bath chair at one stage he was laughing so much.

I’m afraid however that I must now direct my attention to slaying the odd dragon or two in more distant parts.

我會回來的 !
Well I must say it’s been jolly spiffing stuff sparring with you old boy. My old House Master at Eton (yes, he is still around and fully compos mentis) has, so I’ve been told, thoroughly enjoyed monitoring proceedings. Apparently he almost fell out of his bath chair at one stage he was laughing so much. I’m afraid however that I must now direct my attention to slaying the odd dragon or two in more distant parts. 我會回來的 ! OMPITA [Intl]

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