Rail passengers are being asked for their input about proposed changes to the timetable on the Norwich – London Great Eastern Main Line and the regional routes which radiate from it including the East Suffolk Lines ( Ipswich to Lowestoft and Felixstowe).
Greater Anglia has launched a 12-week public consultation seeking views about the new timetable which is due to come into effect in December 2021.
The new intercity electric and regional bi-mode trains introduced from mid 2019 though early 2020 are now all in service; they will enable Greater Anglia to take advantage of the trains’ faster acceleration and quicker braking with respect to timetable adjustments. This will allow for shorter journey times to be timetabled on some routes, usually a few minutes, but up to five to seven minutes for some longer end-to-end journeys.
Greater Anglia is also proposing some changes to the timings of its Norwich in 90 and Ipswich in 60 services Monday to Saturday:
- 08.00 and 09.00 departures from Norwich, calling at Ipswich at 08.33 and 09.33
- London departures to Ipswich and Norwich later in the day, with one train leaving Liverpool Street between 17.00 and 17.15 and the other between 19.00 and 19.15.
To find out about more about the proposals and how to respond to the consultation go to greateranglia.co.uk/december21tt.
Responses must be received by Friday 12 February, 2021.
The consultation does not include the West Anglia route where a separate consultation will be launched for changes proposed for 2022.
Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director said: “We’re really keen to hear from customers and stakeholders to help us to fine tune the final timetable.
“We’re not proposing major changes in this timetable – further changes and improvements depend on infrastructure capacity and capability.
“However, by speeding up some services, altering some timings, adding some extra services and other changes such as using new longer trains will make our services even more reliable and improve customers’ journeys.
“We want to do everything we can to help our region thrive and develop sustainably in the years ahead as we recover from the pandemic. Rail is one of the greenest forms of transport and we want to make it quicker and more reliable and punctual.”