Essex rail passengers will travel to the sound of music this Friday

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Rail journeys through the beautiful Essex countryside will be accompanied by live music in a special event on Friday 3 August.

The Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership has teamed up with train operator Greater Anglia to host special evening Music Trains.

The special events will take place on board trains from Marks Tey to Sudbury and back again, with Oscar and Luca Ryland and vocalist Effie Lawrence providing pop and instrumental entertainment to passengers.

Jayne Sumner, Community Rail Partnership Officer, said, “We’re really excited to put on music trains for the first time between Marks Tey and Sudbury. These events have proved popular in other parts of the country so we really hope that everyone will enjoy the music, which should create a lovely atmosphere on board.”

If the pilot event is a success, it is hoped more music trains will follow throughout the year featuring a wide mix of local groups and musical styles.

The first Gainsborough Line Music Train departs Marks Tey at 18.08, 19.14 and 20.05 on Friday 3 August calling at Chappel & Wakes Colne and Bures and Sudbury. The return journeys depart at 18.37, 19.38 and 20.32 calling at all stations.

Scheduled service trains are being used for the inaugural Music Trains and passengers will require a normal rail ticket for the journey (current train fares apply) which can be purchased as usual from stations or the conductor on board.

Passengers can also take advantage of GroupSave tickets and there is no additional charge above the current train fare to join the Music Train event.

GroupSave tickets are applicable to those travelling in a group of 3 - 9 adults, and could save up to 1/3 off adult fares with up to four children also travelling for just £1 each.