Rail passengers will benefit from more trains and over 100,000 extra seats per week when Greater Anglia’s summer timetable comes into effect on Sunday 21 May.
On the same day, the region’s brand new station, Cambridge North, will also open.
The extra seats will be available on services between Cambridge and London, Hertford East and London, Stansted Express services between Stansted Airport and London, Bishop’s Stortford and Stratford, Southend Victoria and London and between Ipswich, Harwich International, Colchester Town, Chelmsford and London, with an extra four carriages added to over 80 services each weekday.
The train operator has recently hired 22 additional trains to use to add extra carriages to some existing services – mostly at peak times – and to run some additional trains.
The extra trains, 12 Class 317s and 10 Class 321s, will also be used to enable Greater Anglia to install wi-fi on more of its trains and undertake a new programme of initiatives to improve train reliability.
In addition, extra summer Sunday services will operate on the Norwich, Ipswich and Colchester to London route and between Norwich and Lowestoft, Ipswich and Peterborough and Ipswich and Felixstowe, as well as additional summer services on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays on the Norwich to Great Yarmouth line.
There will also be new stops in the summer timetable at the brand new station, Cambridge North, which offers direct services to London, Norwich and Ely, with convenient connections to many other destinations.
The new station has easy public transport access to the Cambridge Science Park and a six-minute rail journey into the city for people living north of Cambridge.
Andy Camp, Greater Anglia’s Commercial Director, said, “As demand continues to grow we are delighted to be able to offer over 100,000 extra seats on our services this summer. These seats will mostly be available during the peak travelling periods to ensure a more comfortable journey for the 1 million passengers we serve every week. We are also operating many additional summer services, enabling great days out for both residents and visitors to East Anglia alike during the summer months.”
The new summer timetables can be found at greateranglia.co.uk
Extra seats will be available:
Ipswich, Colchester Town, Chelmsford, Southend Victoria – London Liverpool Street
An additional 300 seats per service (5,700 per day, 28,500 per week Monday – Friday) on these services:
06.00 Southend Victoria to Liverpool Street
06.11 Southend Victoria to Liverpool Street
06.19 Colchester Town to Liverpool Street
06.29 Ipswich to Liverpool Street
08.30 Chelmsford to Liverpool Street
08.30 Southend Victoria to Liverpool Street
09.30 Ipswich to Liverpool Street
14.50 Southend Victoria to Liverpool Street
15.30 Southend Victoria to Liverpool Street
17.25 Southend Victoria to Liverpool Street
07.05 Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria
07.20 Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria
08.01 Liverpool Street to Ipswich
09.55 Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria
16.10 Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria
16.40 Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria
17.40 Liverpool Street to Colchester Town
18.20 Liverpool Street to Harwich International
18.35 Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria
Cambridge – London Liverpool Street