Greater Anglia has announced that extra trains will be added to the timetable from next month as the operator aims to meet demand as schools return after the summer holidays.
The Norwich to London Liverpool Street intercity services will get an extra 12 services during weekdays and a further 8 services for weekends along with 2 express ‘Norwich in 90’ services being brought back into action.
The Great Eastern mainline, which runs between London Liverpool Street and Southend Victoria, Braintree, Colchester, Colchester Town, Clacton, Walton, Harwich and Ipswich, will see the full timetable restored.
The Stansted Express service will see no changes as it is currently running between two and three services each hour.
Other changes are that a small number of intercity service will run without First Class seating.
The West Anglia mainline, which operates between London Liverpool Street and Cambridge and King’s Lynn, will see 5 extra services being brought into action. The additional changes now mean that intercity services are close to a normal mid-week and Saturday service will the full service being met on Sundays.
The extra services will commence from Monday the 13th of September 2021 with two schools services beginning from Thursday the 2nd of September as the new term begins.
Schools services starting on Thursday the 2nd of September:
- Ingatestone to Colchester – 3:57 pm
- Colchester to Norwich – 6:50 am
The additional intercity services being added from the 13th of September are:
- Norwich to London Liverpool Street – 6:28am, 8:03am, 12:32pm, 13.30pm and 18.32pm
- London Liverpool Street to Norwich – 10:00am, 11:00am, 15:00pm, 16:00pm and 21:00pm
- Colchester to Norwich – 6:50am
- Ipswich to Norwich – 18:00pm
- Norwich to London – 06:30am, 11:30am, 16:30pm
- London to Norwich – 09:00am, 14:00pm, 19:00pm
- The Express ‘Norwich in 90’ services calling only at Ipswich will run:
- Norwich to London – 8:00am
- London to Norwich – 17:00pm
West Anglia Services:
- Cambridge to London Liverpool Street – 06:47am
- Kings Lynn to London Liverpool Street – 06:18am
- Liverpool Street to Cambridge – 08:03am, 08:33am
- Liverpool Street to Cambridge North – 17:37pm
Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director said: “As restrictions have been lifted we’ve seen our trains get busier on many routes. We anticipate further increases as the Government is encouraging people to return to working from offices.
“We revised our timetable several times during the pandemic to reflect the impact of Covid restrictions on passenger numbers and throughout that time we ran a safe and reliable railway.
“We are continuing to clean and sanitise our trains, paying attention to high touch areas. Regular independent random Covid tests have been carried out on our trains and all have come back negative.
“For people who would still rather travel on quieter trains, we have an improved less busy trains tool on our website, where people can see at a glance which are the quietest stations at every station to and from London Liverpool Street.
“We also remain committed to running a punctual railway and currently on average 95 per cent of our trains are on time.”
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