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Storm Eunice: Fallen tree sparks fire in electric lines over railway in Bishop's Stortford as Greater Anglia suspends trains across its network 'potentially into Saturday'



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Fire broke out when a tree fell onto electric lines over the railway track at Castle Park in Bishop's Stortford as Storm Eunice raged on Friday (Feb 18).

The cables fell down shortly afterwards. According to a witness who took the photo below, firefighters were on the scene within about three minutes to make it safe.

It was just one of a number of incidents which forced train operator Greater Anglia to suspend all services on its network – including the West Anglia line from London Liverpool Street to Cambridge through Sawbridgeworth, Bishop's Stortford and Stansted Mountfitchet, and the Stansted Express service between the airport and the capital.

A tree fell onto the electric lines above the train track at Castle Park starting a fire. The lines fell down shortly afterwards. The fire service were there making it safe for the public within about 3 mins (54991645)
A tree fell onto the electric lines above the train track at Castle Park starting a fire. The lines fell down shortly afterwards. The fire service were there making it safe for the public within about 3 mins (54991645)

GA says some or even all services could remain suspended into Saturday.

The operator apologised for the disruption but warned of ongoing difficulties even when trains can run again.

"Due to very high winds bringing trees down right across our network, all Greater Anglia services are currently suspended until further notice," it said on Friday afternoon.

"As soon as it is possible to reintroduce services we will do so, but it is possible that some or even all services may remain suspended for the rest of today (Friday) and potentially into tomorrow (Saturday, February 19), depending on the extent of the damage caused and the repairs needed.

"It is also likely that as services resume, disruption may continue for some time afterwards before services are back to normal."



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