Published on: Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Last updated: Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Extra seats are now available on trains in Essex in the new Greater Anglia summer timetable.
The changes include additional services provided across the Greater Anglia network, to help people in Essex make the most of all that East Anglia has to offer by rail.
A new additional service also operates between Colchester and Colchester Town (at 18.08) and back again (at 18.20) on Mondays to Fridays.
All trains on the Marks Tey – Sudbury line now automatically call at Bures, removing the need for passengers to request the train to stop.
On Saturdays, services from London Liverpool Street to Colchester and Clacton-On-Sea have been retimed to follow the same pattern as Monday – Friday services, making the train times consistent six days a week.
Extra summer Sunday services now operate on the Colchester to London route. These services will continue all year.
There are 1800 additional seats on Sundays for people travelling to Essex from London Liverpool Street, with services departing hourly for Colchester at 18.00, 19.00 and 20.00 – perfect for shoppers and day trippers making the most of the engineering free weekends between May and October on the mainline*.
On Greater Anglia’s West Anglia services, passengers are advised that First Class will start to be withdrawn on some services between London Liverpool St and Stansted Airport as the first of the new Stansted Express trains are phased in.
Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director said: “Faster journey times and thousands of extra seats will provide a boost to people who live and work in East Anglia, as well as supporting the regional economy.
“These improvements will be followed in the summer by the first of our brand-new trains coming into service, so it really is going to be a great year for Greater Anglia customers.
Passengers are advised to check journey times at greateranglia.co.uk
*Only two Sundays - 16th June (when all journeys will involve a change at Stratford for the Underground into London) and Sunday 8 September (when there are buses between Colchester and Chelmsford during the morning).