Rail operator ‘one’ has no plans to withdraw the East Suffolk Line’s direct to London train services. In an article in the Eastern Daily Press ‘one’ Railway spokesperson Jonathan Denby said there were no plans to remove the through services, and that a consultation now underway is focused on what routes are most important to passengers, as well as the frequency of trains on those routes.
The three-car direct services sometimes become overcrowded between Ipswich and London Liverpool Street. ‘one’ Railway is taking steps to alleviate the problem, and is considering replacing some first class seats with additional standard class seating.
The East Suffolk Travellers’ Association has suggested coupling trains from Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft at Ipswich, creating a six car train for the journey to London. ‘one’ Railway has said it will see if that can be worked into the timetable. ‘one’ Railway greatly expanded the direct to London services from once daily in 1999 to seven weekdays, and eight Saturdays, in December 2004. The move has paid off; passenger numbers on the East Suffolk Line have increased since then.