Timetable change gives Clacton passengers more time in London

Published on: Friday, 10 December 2021
Last updated: Friday, 10 December 2021

One of Greater Anglia's new trains at Clacton-on-Sea station
One of Greater Anglia's new trains at Clacton-on-Sea station. Credit: Greater Anglia

Rail passengers in the Clacton area will be able to stay longer in London due to a change in the Greater Anglia timetable from Monday 13 December.

The last train to Clacton will now wait longer at Colchester to allow passengers on the 23.30 intercity service from London Liverpool Street to Norwich to connect with it Monday to Saturday.

This means that the last train customers can catch back from London to travel to Wivenhoe, Alresford, Great Bentley, Thorpe le Soken and Clacton will now be at 23.30, with a change at Colchester, instead of 23.18 as it is currently.

Keith Palmer, head of performance and planning at Greater Anglia, said: “Providing a later last option for journeys to Clacton makes it a little easier for customers to catch the train back after a night out in London going to the theatre or a music event.”

The change is being made as Greater Anglia starts its December timetable.

There are a few other minor changes to trains running in Essex, so customers are advised to check before they travel in case the time of their usual train has changed.

Greater Anglia is thanking customers for wearing face coverings at stations and trains which is once again mandatory.

Trains are well ventilated. Air conditioning and heating ventilation systems suck in fresh air every six to nine minutes. Trains without air conditioning have opening windows – and all trains have doors which open at stations.

The company is continuing to clean and sanitise trains, paying particular attention to high touch areas such as push buttons, grab handles and arm rests.

Anyone looking for a train with fewer passengers can use the company’s “less busy train tool” which shows which trains are quietest on rush hour routes into London Liverpool Street.

Details of the new timetable and measures Greater Anglia is taking to help people travel with confidence are available at www.greateranglia.co.uk.