Improvements being made in my area
- By 2021, more than 32,000 more seats will be available on trains to London Liverpool Street during the morning rush-hour. Additional weekday trains will run to stations across East Anglia. This means an extra 1,144 trains - an increase of 13 per cent.
- Greater Anglia are replacing and expanding all their trains, with over a thousand new carriages being delivered by 2020.
- c2c passengers travelling between London and Essex will benefit from a fleet of 17 brand new trains, providing 4,800 extra seats a day. Over the next few years, an extra 25,000 seats a week will be added at peak times.
- 150 new carriages will be introduced to replace 40-year old trains travelling between Moorgate, north London and Hertfordshire.
- From 2018, Great Northern will double train capacity by adding 3,000 more seats from Cambridge to London King's Cross in the morning rush-hour.
- Weekend services between Cambridge and Stansted Airport have almost doubled with 31 extra trains running in each direction.
A better experience
- Passengers travelling on intercity trains between Norwich and London will benefit from a £12million upgrade bringing new interiors, more seats and better catering. Many other Greater Anglia trains will also be refurbished.
- Many passengers in eastern England will soon benefit from free WiFi on trains and at the busiest stations.
Faster, more frequent and reliable journeys
- Off-Peak express journeys from Cambridge to London King's Cross will be quicker and more frequent with six trains an hour– up from four at present.
- From 2018, new Thameslink services mean that passengers will be able to travel from Cambridge direct to the Gatwick Airport and the south coast. Passengers from Peterborough and Stevenage will be able to reach the airport too and there will be a connection for all Thameslink trains with Crossrail (now renamed the Elizabeth Line) at Farringdon to reach Heathrow.
- Passengers north of London will have improved links with the new Elizabeth Line for fast access to Heathrow, Luton airport and St Pancras International.
- Greater Anglia are investing £60million in their stations. Customers will benefit from digital information screens, improved ticket offices, more ticket vending machines, nearly 1,800 additional car parking spaces and 4,000 extra cycle parking spaces.
- c2c is investing more than £30million to improve stations on the Essex Thamseside route including Fenchurch Street and Barking. All stations on the c2c route are being made step-free with improved cycle facilities and accessibility.
- Work is underway on a £25 million scheme to transform Hackney Wick Overground station, due to be completed in January 2018.
- A new £2.5million Cycle Point, the largest of its kind in the country, has opened at Cambridge station with safe and secure parking for 2,850 bikes, on-site maintenance, cycle hire and a cycle shop all under one roof.
- Stations will be made safer with staff on duty from the first to last services at a dozen of Great Northern’s busiest stations including Hatfield, Hitchin, Huntingdon, Letchworth Garden City and Potters Bar.
- A new Cambridge North station at the heart of Cambridge Science Park due to open in May 2017 is expected to attract 3,000 passengers a day. It will have three fully accessible platforms, parking for 1,000 cycles and a 450-space car park.
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