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NXEA Train Services Adjusted due to Snow - UPDATE

Hertford East Station

The current spell of snowy weather has forced National Express East Anglia (NXEA) to introduce an amended train timetable today (Monday 20 December 2010) and tomorrow (Tuesday 21 December 2010). However, NXEA currently claim that Services between Hertford East and London will be unaffected tomorrow by the amended timetable.

‘Icicles are forming under bridges and making contact with the overhead power lines causing them to trip out,’ explained NXEA, ‘and compacted snow is building up in the doors and undercarriages of our trains causing some equipment to freeze up.’ NXEA added that this was due to the ‘low air temperature.’

NXEA were keen to add that ‘Network Rail has patrol teams removing icicles as they form and we have engineers at principal stations to attend to defective trains.’

For Hertford residents this has had the result that train services between Stratford and Hertford East (as well as Broxbourne, Bishops Stortford and Stansted Airport) have been cancelled. ‘Customers are advised,’ explained NXEA, ‘to travel via London Liverpool Street.’

The Hertford East line is one of several NXEA services that has been disrupted and cancelled by the recent weather today.

NXEA warned customers that further short notice alterations should be expected on their routes for the rest of today and that an update on services will be issued in due course. For this reason you are advised to visit their website, www.nationalexpresseastanglia.com, before travelling.

Further information can also be found at www.nationalrail.co.uk  or by using the National Rail automated Train Tracker system on 0871 200 49 50.

‘Please take care,’ cautioned NXEA, ‘and allow extra time to reach your destination as all journey times will be extended.’

NXEA trains have been hit hard by the recent weather. For instance, on Sunday 12 December 2010 many of the trains going to and from London to Hertford East were cancelled. On that occasion the cancellations affected many Tottenham Hotspur fans on their way down to White Hart Lane. In the case of many of the trains the cancellation was not confirmed to customers until less than 5 mins before it was supposed to arrive.

First Capital Connect (FCC) are also encountering delays for travellers to and from Hertford North station. Similar issues have been encountered in regards to poor rail conditions and delays can be expected especially as there are particular issues between Finsbury Park and Moorgate.

Ahren Lester

Pictured: Hertford East station, operated by NXEA.