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2001-04-20 ANG-001


Anglia Railways return to full mainline service between Norwich, Ipswich & London and for London Crosslink

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Anglia Railways return to full mainline service between Norwich, Ipswich & London and for London Crosslink

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2001-02-28 Changes to Anglia Railways’ London Crosslink services (Anglia Railways)


20 April 2001
source ATOC
type Press release

Anglia Railways are planning to resume a normal scheduled timetable from Monday 30 April 2001. From this date, all Norwich – Ipswich – London mainline services, London Crosslink services between East Anglia and Basingstoke, and all through services between local destinations (Bury St. Edmunds, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft) and London will all resume the normal timetable (as advertised in the current Anglia Railways winter timetable).

Railtrack has made sufficient progress with the outstanding track work (which resulted in the imposition of speed restrictions following the Hatfield accident last October) to enable a full timetable to resume from 30 April.

Anglia Railways returned to a ‘near-normal’ timetable from mid-January with 90% of trains running (prior to this a temporary timetable had been in operation). The extended journey times allowed for in the ‘near normal’ timetable of 15 minutes (off-peak times) and 25-30 minutes (peak travel times) have been gradually reducing over recent weeks with most services now running to the normal schedule times in the winter timetable. Morning services from Norwich for London between 05.00 and 08.00 have been departing 5 minutes earlier since mid-January, but from 30 April these services will also revert to the timings in the normal winter timetable.

From Monday 30 April, the following services will be restored in the full timetable:

Monday – Fridays

09.40, 11.40, 12.40 & 14.40 Norwich – London
09.00, 11.00, 12.00, 14.00 & 16.00 London – Norwich
05.50 Bury St. Edmunds - London
20.00 London – Bury St. Edmunds
16.27 London – Lowestoft (via Ipswich)
A full London Crosslink service will resume between East Anglia and Basingstoke


11.40, 12.40 & 13.40 Norwich - London
09.00, 10.00, 11.00 & 14.00 London - Norwich
A full London Crosslink service will resume between East Anglia and Basingstoke
Commenting on the return of a full timetable service, Tim Clarke, Anglia Railways’ managing director said:

“It is excellent news for all our customers and for the region that we are able to resume a normal timetable from 30 April. Passengers are returning to our train services in significant numbers and the combination of a full and reliable service together with the attractive marketing plans we announced earlier this year, will help to ensure we can quickly gather even more momentum from 30 April, to secure future real growth in rail travel, restoring the positive trends in passenger numbers we had achieved prior to Hatfield, with year-on-year growth of 10% per annum.

“The delays and service disruption caused by the speed restrictions have been frustrating for everyone and I would like to thank all our customers for their patience, support and continued loyalty over recent months. I would also like to pay tribute to the dedication and commitment of all the Anglia Railways team in delivering the best service possible in very difficult and unprecedented circumstances.”

Editors notes

Since franchising in January 1997, Anglia Railways has increased the frequency of mainline services between Norwich and London by over 60%. The London Crosslink service between East Anglia and Basingstoke commenced in May 2000 and was the first new service to be introduced linking the region with the South and South West across London, avoiding the need to change trains in the capital.

Anglia Railways has submitted a Rail Passenger Partnership application to bid for funding from the Strategic Rail Authority to operate a new direct train service between Norwich and Cambridge, to commence in 2002. A decision on the application is expected soon.

Anglia Railways marketing plans to help recover passenger growth were announced earlier this year. Earlier this month, the company announced an extension of their existing cut-price offer to London, with fares that are attracting passengers back on to the trains. Passengers will continue to be able to travel to London from as little as £10.00 return – this cut-price offer has been extended to run until the end of April 2001. Other promotions include a series of free travel days on Anglia Railways local train services which are being promoted exclusively with regional newspapers, a new carnet ticket for regular business travellers (providing a saving if you buy 10 tickets together) and special short-break packages with Anglia Railways’ in-house Breathers travel agency.

Anglia Railways new summer timetable 2001, commences on Sunday 20 May 2001.

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