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Anglia Railways to start Norwich – Cambridge service


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Anglia Railways to start Norwich – Cambridge service
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date
1 May 2001
source ATOC
type Press release



Anglia Railways is to introduce a new, direct train service between Norwich and Cambridge, following the award of a £9.2 million grant from the Strategic Rail Authority under the Rail Passenger Partnership (RPP) scheme, announced today. The company will introduce an hourly service using four, new, high quality diesel trains, from October 2002, following the successful culmination of a year long process to secure the necessary financial support to launch the exciting new link.

The train operator’s initiative to develop the new service had received overwhelming support from county councils, MPs, rail user groups, regional media and the business community. Now Anglia Railways’ innovative and customer-focused approach will see the launch of a convenient, attractive and regular timetabled train service in under 18 months time.

The trains will take less than 75 minutes to travel between the two regional centres, providing an excellent alternative to the congested A11 with its slow-moving traffic, and calling at Wymondham, Thetford and Ely en route. They will also make reaching Stansted Airport by train from Norwich easier, providing the ability to connect into Central Trains services from the Midlands to Stansted, by changing at Cambridge.

By deliberately providing a high quality service with new trains (which will offer First Class and Standard accommodation, air conditioned carriages and facilities for those with disabilities and cyclists), Anglia Railways aims to attract both business and leisure travellers to the valuable link.

Commenting on the award of the RPP grant, which will enable the introduction of the new service, Tim Clarke, Anglia Railways Managing Director said:

“This is wonderful news. We’re delighted that the Strategic Rail Authority has shown its commitment to East Anglia and the plans we’ve put forward, to enable the introduction of a new Norwich to Cambridge service. The dedication and success of my team in developing the scheme and securing funding for this exciting and valuable rail link – between these major regional centres – once again illustrates our continuous and relentless drive to improve rail services for passengers. What’s more, it provides another illustration that our team delivers real tangible upgrades to the rail network to give travellers more trains, higher quality on-board comfort and consistently improving customer service.

We look forward to preparing for and launching the new Anglia Railways Norwich to Cambridge train service next year, providing more benefits for our customers.”


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