Norfolk

Norfolk rail services disrupted by 'bird strike'

A "bird strike" smashed the windscreen of a train putting it out of action and disrupting other services in Norfolk.

The Norwich-to-Sheringham service was brought to a halt earlier, resulting in other delays.

Geraint Hughes, of Abellio Greater Anglia, said there would be "one or two cancellations on rural services in and out of Norwich".

"The bird broke the windscreen of the train," he said. "We've had to withdraw the train from service."

Mr Hughes said it was a "relatively" unusual occurrence, but came in a week when other services were cancelled due to a lack of trains.

"We've had recent problems with fatalities, where we've had to take a train out of service for repair, and also a number of ongoing refurbishment programmes with diesel units means we're rather short of them at the moment," he said.

"We had a number of cancellations during the week and those are likely to continue into next week.

"What's happened this morning doesn't help."

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