28,000 extra seats on London train services in December
The first stage of National Express East Anglia’s capacity enhancement programme to provide commuters with more seats on services to and from London Liverpool Street is set to be implemented on 13 December 2009.
From the start of the winter timetable, through the introduction of additional carriages, around 5,700 extra seats each day, representing over 28,000 extra seats every week, will be introduced on services in the North Essex and Ipswich corridor to and from London.
19 existing Monday to Friday train services in the current timetable on routes between Braintree, Clacton-on-Sea, Colchester, Chelmsford, Harwich, Ipswich, Witham and London Liverpool Street will be increased to run as either 8 carriage trains (from an existing 4 carriages) or 12 carriage trains (from an existing 8 carriages).
The extra carriages are being introduced on trains that are regularly very busy and the key ‘morning and evening peak’ train services to benefit from these extra seats are:
Trains increased to 12 carriages:
05.21 & 08.03 Colchester to Liverpool Street
06.21 Colchester Town to Liverpool Street
07.03 Chelmsford to Liverpool Street
09.00 Braintree to Liverpool Street
17.08 Liverpool Street to Clacton-on-Sea, (12 carriages to Colchester)
18.22 Liverpool Street to Clacton-on-Sea, (12 carriages to Witham)
18.32 Liverpool Streetto Ipswich
Trains increased to 8 carriages:
08.00 Harwich Town to Liverpool Street, (8 carriages from Colchester)
08.58 Witham to Liverpool Street
16.15 Liverpool Street to Harwich Town, (8 carriages to Colchester)
19.08 Liverpool Streetto Clacton-on-Sea
Other changes being introduced to provide customers with an improved choice of services include:
08.02 (Mon-Fri) Liverpool Street to Colchester Town will call additionally at Kelvedon
16.30 (Mon-Fri) Ipswich to Colchester re-timed to depart at 16.32 and is extended to run through as an additional service to London Liverpool Street
19.00 (Sundays) Liverpool Street to Norwich will call additionally at Chelmsford, Colchester and Manningtree
Commenting on the improvements, Andrew Chivers, Managing Director National Express East Anglia said:“These improvements are the first stage in our exciting plans to provide more seats for our customers using London Liverpool Street. This forms part of the capacity enhancement programme agreed in partnership with the Department for Transport in April this year. The provision of the first tranche of additional carriages will enable us to deliver an immediate benefit for our customers and we are committed to achieving further ongoing improvements as the rest of this major service upgrade programme is implemented over the next three years.
“The introduction of these additional seats demonstrates that we are listening to our customers and will enable many passengers to enjoy a more comfortable journey along the Great Eastern mainline.”
Notes to Editors
Other Monday – Friday services increasing to 12 carriages: 06.48 Liverpool Street to Colchester, 07.48 Liverpool Street to Braintree, 09.18 Liverpool Street to Harwich, 15.00 Harwich to Liverpool Street, 19.15 Witham to Liverpool Street, 20.38 Liverpool Street to Harwich International
Other Monday – Friday service increasing to 8 carriages: 17.00 Harwich to Liverpool Street
The Department for Transport announced in April 2009 a major boost to rail capacity on National Express East Anglia services to and from London Liverpool Street. This will be achieved through the construction of 120 new rail carriages and the transfer of 68 additional modern refurbished carriages to provide a total of 188 extra carriages to be added to East Anglia services. The 120 new carriages will be introduced on Stansted Airport and Cambridge – Liverpool Street services from later in 2011. The 68 refurbished carriages will be introduced on the Great Eastern mainline route through North Essex into Liverpool Street with most improvements expected to be introduced from December 2010.