easyJet passengers flying out from Southend this afternoon have been urged to allow plenty of time to reach the airport amid Greater Anglia disruption.

Trains from London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria have been cancelled today as a precautionary measure while a tree is leaning close to the overhead line in Billericay.

This is to allow access for Network Rail response team to investigate and remove the tree.

A points failure is also causing disruption.

Train services to and from Southend Victoria will both use the remaining line available between Shenfield and Wickford, which will cause congestion and delays in the area.

This will affect any easyJet passengers using the train to get to Southend Airport ahead of this afternoon’s flights to Paris, Faro and Amsterdam.

Issuing a warning to commuters, an airport spokesman said: “Please allow extra time ahead of your journey to London Southend Airport this afternoon.

“Our on-site railway station is still in operation and only 100 paces from the train to terminal door, but we encourage passengers to check the Greater Anglia website for travel updates and ensure they have plenty of time to reach the airport.”

Customers may travel on c2c trains between Southend Central and Fenchurch Street at no extra cost.

Greater Anglia has also arranged for rail replacement buses operated by Fords of Althorne and Kevendys to convey passengers between Shenfield and Wickford.