Extra train services at Manea drive continued passenger growth

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

More people than ever are benefiting from additional train services at Manea, two years after train operator, Abellio Greater Anglia, introduced more services to the line.


Over 4,000 additional passenger journeys were made in 2015 – an increase of 65% compared to last year.


The passenger growth comes after Abellio Greater Anglia introduced a regular, two-hourly weekday and Saturday service on the line in December 2013.


Before the new services commenced, only two Cross Country trains per day called at the station. The introduction of a regular, two hourly Abellio Greater Anglia service, now connects local people directly with Peterborough, Ely and Ipswich.


Abellio Greater Anglia Partnerships Manager, Geraint Hughes, said: “I am delighted that the improved train service at Manea is proving a real benefit to local people. For a long time we wanted to respond to the villagers’ request for an improved rail service and with the completion of a key stage of Network Rail’s improvement works at Peterborough station we were able retime our services to include the stops at Manea. Two years on, the continued increase in passenger numbers demonstrates that the service has created a real public transport alternative, which is proving very popular with the local community.”