More people in Norwich making the switch to rail

Published on: Friday, 17 January 2020
Last updated: Friday, 17 January 2020

Passenger numbers at Norwich rail station grew by 2.3% last year, figures show.

Over 4.2 million entries and exits were recorded at the station from January to December 2019, meaning over 40,000 people passed through every week, according to data from the Office of Rail and Road.

The figures show that while half a million of these were regular commuters, a whopping 2.9 million were leisure travellers taking advantage of Greater Anglia’s great value off peak and Advance fares to explore the city, the region, or going for a day out in London

Martin Moran, Greater Anglia’s Commercial, Customer Service and Train Presentation Director, said, “With the rising costs of travelling by car, increasingly congested roads and the need for all of us to reduce our carbon footprint, more and more people are choosing to travel by train.

“We expect that as we continue to transform rail travel in East Anglia with our brand-new fleet of longer trains and upgraded stations, and with our great value fares including Groupsave, kids for £2 and advance fares, even more people will make the switch.”

Since July last year, Greater Anglia has been replacing all its trains on routes which start and finish at Norwich station.

Old one, two and three carriage diesel trains have been replaced with brand new state-of-the-art three and four carriage trains with more seats, USB and plug points, free fast wifi, better passenger information screens and improved accessibility, which run on diesel and electricity.

The first of Greater Anglia’s new intercity trains, which run between Norwich and London, came into passenger service earlier this month.

Between now and Easter, all of the company’s old intercity trains will be replaced with new longer trains, with up to 40% more seats.