Published on: Thursday, 11 February 2021
Last updated: Thursday, 11 February 2021
Greater Anglia is making further temporary timetable revisions from this weekend, adjusting the schedule of train services on some routes in response to customer feedback.
The company will continue to run a reduced timetable, but from Sunday 14 February the timetable is changing again so that there will be slightly more off peak services on some lines, such as the London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria route, as requested by essential travellers.
Rail passengers are advised to check before they travel for details of new train times, using the Greater Anglia app or website.
The new timetable is similar to a normal Saturday timetable, but with some earlier starts for customers making essential journeys to work and fewer services overall. About 73 per cent of the normal number of services operating before the pandemic will run.
The move is in response to lower passenger numbers due to Covid-19 restrictions and has been taken in consultation with the Government, which is currently funding the railway.
Main changes to normal services under the revised timetable are:
- Hourly intercity service between Norwich and London Liverpool Street all week.
- Three trains an hour Monday to Fridays between Liverpool Street and Southend Victoria/Braintree/Ipswich/Clacton-on-Sea.
- One train every two hours off peak Monday to Fridays between Wickford and Southminster, Marks Tey and Sudbury, Colchester and Walton-on-the-Naze, and Manningtree and Harwich.
- One train every two hours all day Saturday and Sundays between Wickford and Southminster, Marks Tey and Sudbury, Colchester and Walton-on-the-Naze, and Manningtree and Harwich.
- One train train every two hours on Sundays between Witham and Braintree.
- Two or three trains an hour on the Stansted Express route Monday to Fridays, with two trains an hour at weekends.
- Two trains an hour peak time between Cambridge and London Liverpool Street, with Kings Lynn to London Liverpool Street reduced to one train in either direction.
- One train an hour off peak on the Bishops Stortford to Stratford and Meridian Water to Stratford routes, with some additional peak time cancellations, Mondays to Fridays, with one train an hour all day at the weekend.
A Saturday service will operate on Greater Anglia’s regional routes on Monday to Fridays and Saturdays, with the following amendments:
- Two-hourly off-peak service on Norwich to Cambridge/Stansted Airport, Norwich to Sheringham, Norwich to Great Yarmouth and Ipswich to Felixstowe.
- Some cancellations of more frequent services on Norwich to Lowestoft and Ipswich to Lowestoft routes.
Ipswich to Cambridge services will be reduced to two trains every three hours, all week. Ipswich to Peterborough services are unchanged.
On Sundays a two-hourly service will operate on Norwich to Cambridge/Stansted Airport, Norwich to Sheringham, Norwich to Great Yarmouth, Norwich to Lowestoft, Ipswich to Lowestoft and Ipswich to Felixstowe routes.
Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director said: "Current Government advice is to stay at home and only to travel for legally permissible reasons such as for work or medical appointments.
"We will continue to monitor passenger numbers and customer feedback and adjust the timetable as necessary.
"We are working hard to keep rail passengers safe, with enhanced cleaning and sanitisation of trains and stations and measures to make social distancing easier. Travellers are reminded that it’s mandatory to wear a face covering on our trains and stations."