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Greater Anglia warns of travel disruption to services including Ipswich, Lowestoft, Felixstowe and Sudbury lines on Saturday July 2 if strike continues



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Greater Anglia is urging passengers to only travel where 'absolutely necessary' this weekend as over 90 per cent of trains may not run if strikes go ahead.

There will be no regional or branch services on Saturday, July 2, and other services will be 'dramatically reduced'.

This will include lines between Ipswich, Felixstowe, Lowestoft and Sudbury.

Greater Anglia warns of disruption on lines, including Suffolk, due to possible industrial strikes next week. Picture: Greater Anglia (57588156)
Greater Anglia warns of disruption on lines, including Suffolk, due to possible industrial strikes next week. Picture: Greater Anglia (57588156)

There will also be no rail replacement buses to replace trains not running because of the strikes.

Sunday services will also start later in the morning than usual as the strike has a knock-on effect into the next day.

Passengers are urged to check timetables, which will be finalised in the next 48 hours, before they travel.

Disruption will include lines between Ipswich, Felixstowe, Lowestoft and Sudbury. Picture: Greater Anglia
Disruption will include lines between Ipswich, Felixstowe, Lowestoft and Sudbury. Picture: Greater Anglia

Anyone who has pre-booked tickets impacted by the strikes can change them, use them to travel on the day before or up to two days after their original travel date, or apply for a refund by going back to their original retailer.

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, said: “We know that many of our customers will have been looking forward to travelling on Saturday to see family and friends, for days out to the coast, for holidays and for the many concerts and sporting events in London.

“Unfortunately, it’s only possible to run a heavily reduced service and only on some routes, so please only travel if it’s absolutely necessary and make alternative arrangements if you can.

“We can’t replace all the trains not running due to the strike with rail replacement buses, so it will just be the limited train service running on Saturday.

“Work is continuing at an industry level to try to resolve the dispute as soon as possible.

“We are very sorry for the disruption this strike causes our customers.”

There will be no services running on the following routes on Saturday 2 July:

  • Between London Liverpool Street and Cambridge North
  • Between Norwich and Cambridge/Stansted Airport, Sheringham, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth
  • Between Ipswich and Cambridge, Peterborough, Felixstowe and Lowestoft
  • Between Marks Tey and Sudbury
  • All other branch lines: Hertford East to Broxbourne, Braintree to Witham, Southminster to Wickford, Harwich Town to Manningtree, Clacton/Walton-on-the-Naze to Colchester, Colchester Town to Colchester, Meridian Water to Stratford.

A very limited and much reduced service - with fewer trains running and so fewer seats available - will run on the following routes:

  • Norwich to London Liverpool Street intercity service – six trains in each direction for the whole day, with first and last trains from Norwich to Liverpool Street at 07.00 and 19.00, and first and last trains from Liverpool Street to Norwich at 09.30 and 21.30.
  • Colchester to London Liverpool Street stopping service – one stopping train every two hours, plus six intercity services in each direction across the whole day with the first and last stopping services from Colchester to London Liverpool Street at 06.43 and 20.43 and from London Liverpool Street to Colchester at 08.30 and 22.30.
  • Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street – one train an hour with first and last trains from Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street at 04.00 and 23.00, and from London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria at 05.36 and 00.50.
  • Stansted Express Stansted Airport to London Liverpool Street – one trains an hour with first and last trains from Stansted Airport to London Liverpool Street at 05.22 and 21.42 and from London Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport at 04.10 and 21.55