Increase in Weekend Intercity Services

Intercity train at Ipswich
A Norwich-bound Greater Anglia Intercity service departs Ipswich

Greater Anglia has increased the number of weekend services operating on the Norwich to London Liverpool Street Intercity route in response to feedback from passengers. This follows an increase in weekday services in June.

A total of 21 extra services are being added to the timetable on Saturday and Sunday which reinstates some of the half-hourly services. In addition to providing more flexibility for passengers the reinstated weekend services will help to shorten connection times to East Suffolk Line and Felixstowe Line services at Ipswich.

Greater Anglia is now running about 86 percent of the pre-pandemic timetable with 45 to 50 percent of passengers travelling compared to before the pandemic.

Weekend Services being re-introduced

Saturday
Norwich to London Liverpool Street: 07.32, 08.32, 09.32, 12.32, 13.32, 14.32, 17.30
London Liverpool Street to Norwich: 07.00, 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 15.00, 16.00, 17.00, 20.00

Sunday
Norwich to London Liverpool Street: 08.25, 15.23, 16.23
London Liverpool Street to Norwich: 11.00, 18.00, 19.00


Catering facilities with light snacks and a range of hot and cold drinks are available on most services.


Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director said: “We’ve been keeping a close eye on passenger numbers on our trains.


“As numbers have gone up on our intercity services, we have decided to reinstate some of the half-hourly services, which we hope will make it easier for customers to find more space on trains and provide more options and capacity as we expect to see further increases in customers travelling over the summer period.


“It will also decrease waiting times for some connecting services from stations along the intercity route.


“As more people return to rail, we are seeing some trains and stations getting busier. We’re encouraging customers to use the full length of trains and platforms, but it still may not always be possible to socially distance.


“We have a new improved less busy trains tool on our website, so people can opt for a quieter train. Face covering compliance is high on trains and stations and our trains are well ventilated either by air conditioning which replaces air inside the train every six to nine minutes.”

The government expects and recommends people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.

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