NEAR-MISS AT CROSSING PROMPTS ALERT
THE ROLLOUT of Greater Anglia’s new Stadler Flirt bi-mode trains has been affected by a problem with track circuits.
The issue arose on 5 December when a Class 755 reportedly arrived in Norwich without being detected by track circuits from Trowse swing bridge. As a response the entire ‘755’ fleet was withdrawn the following day, and with the majority of GA’s legacy DMUs having moved to other operators there has been a major impact on service levels on GA’s rural routes. As Modern Railways went to press several of these routes were still operating a reduced service, with some services withdrawn altogether and others seeing their frequency halved. Ticket acceptance was variously arranged with other operators or on local buses.