Four injured during weekend of transport woe across West Norfolk

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At least four people were hurt as the first taste of winter caused a number of accidents on West Norfolk’s roads at the weekend.

Although the borough escaped the worst of the conditions, which caused scores of drivers to abandon their cars during heavy snow in northern England on Boxing Day, ice has made travelling conditions hazardous.

With forecasters predicting the cold conditions will continue until at least tomorrow, police have warned drivers to be cautious and to allow extra time.

A van driver was taken to Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital after his Mercedes Sprinter vehicle overturned on the A149 at Babingley, close to the junction with the B1439, at around 5.30am on Sunday.

Elsewhere, the driver of a Nissan Micra escaped unhurt after it overturned on the B1145 at Gayton shortly before 11am.

Two motorists were taken to hospital following a collision on John Kennedy Road, Lynn, on Sunday.

Police said the crash involved a Peugeot 206 and a Peugeot 307, which was then in collision with a building with scaffolding. The driver of the 206 had to be cut free from the wreckage by firefighters.

And one person suffered minor injuries following a two vehicle collision at the junction of Greenway Lane and Claypit Lane in Fakenham, which happened at around 4pm on Saturday.

In total, emergency crews were called to at least eight road collisions across West Norfolk between Boxing Day and yesterday.

And it was no easier for people attempting to travel by rail, as services to and from West Norfolk were heavily disrupted by overrunning engineering works near London King’s Cross.

Network Rail has launched an investigation into the delays, which led to King’s Cross being closed on Saturday, forcing passengers to start and finish their journeys at Finsbury Park and creating widespread disruption.

And Robin Gisby, the company’s managing director of network operations, said: “I would like to sincerely apologise for the upset and upheaval passengers suffered as our engineers struggled to complete an essential improvement project that had been months in planning.”

However, West Norfolk councillor Andy Tyler said passengers should be compensated and urged travellers to make their requests quickly.

Mr Tyler, who is secretary of the Fen Line Users Association, which represents passengers, said he had cancelled his own travel plans at the weekend because of the disruption.

And he believes the authorities must review whether engineering works should be done around key holiday periods, such as Christmas and Easter.

He said: “To my way of thinking, these holiday periods are best avoided.”

Govia Thameslink Railway Limited, the company which runs most passenger services in West Norfolk, said passengers affected by the weekend’s disruption should go to its website, www.thameslinkrailway.com/your-journey/delay-repay, to apply for compensation.

But there was no respite for travellers yesterday either as overhead wire problems in the Royston area caused delays of up to 40 minutes on services running between Lynn, Cambridge and London.