Greater Anglia

The hot weather of the last two weeks has attracted more people on to some Greater Anglia trains than at any time since the lockdown was brought in during the middle of March.

Despite changes to the rules on public transport two weeks ago, few passengers have returned to the region’s trains after the lockdown period.

Greater Anglia is celebrating the first anniversary of the introduction of its Stadler bimode trains which have become more reliable after a difficult first few months.

Bosses at Greater Anglian and Network Rail have given their final update on services during lockdown – explaining how trains are now running normally again and how they are prepared for an increase in the number of passengers.

When Greater Anglia replaced its traditional Intercity trains with new Stadler modern trains at the start of this year, it looked like the end for its carriages which had carried millions of passengers for many years.

And operators have been quick to emphasise the work they have been doing to make their vehicles clean and as safe as possible for an increasing number of passengers – who will have to continue to wear face coverings while on board for the foreseeable future.

The government is set to announce it will continue to support rail companies until March 2022 as public transport struggles to cope with the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis.

Greater Anglia has increased its train services to a near-normal frequency – but is still repeating government advice to only use public transport if there is no other way to travel.

Lessons have been learned from problems which plagued Suffolk rail passengers last winter, a transport minister has said – and vowed that commuters in the county will not suffer in the same way in future.

A man has been taken to hospital after being hit by a train between Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge.

Greater Anglia’s new suburban trains are continuing to be put through their paces on test runs underneath wires across the region as the company prepares to introduce them later this year.

Passengers on public transport in the region were coming to terms with new rules on Monday, which require them to wear non-medical facemasks for their journeys to work.

Station ticket offices at Manningtree and Diss have closed for three weeks because of low sales during the coronavirus crisis.

Greater Anglia has been showing off its new suburban electric trains which are being tested across the network before going into service on lines from London to Essex, Ipswich and Cambridge.

Greater Anglia’s fleet of new Stadler trains can now be seen on regional and Intercity lines across the region after taking over services from diesel units and traditional electric trains.

The bosses of Greater Anglia and Network Rail in the east have issued a joint statement about the current situation on the region’s trains.

Extra measures to maintain social distancing have been put up at Greater Anglia stations and on the region’s trains – but so far there has not been any need to implement new rules, as passengers continue to stay away.

The last five electric locomotives that powered Intercity trains in East Anglia for more than 15 years have left the region for a new life pulling freight trains around the country.

Clear evidence of the effect of lockdown on rail services can be seen in a series of photographs from the region’s largest stations taken over the last week – there are still few passengers to be seen, even during rush hours.

Despite concerns about crowded buses and trains in London, Suffolk transport operators say they have seen no increase in passenger numbers this week despite efforts by the government to get people back to work.

The campaign to improve rail services in East Anglia has lost momentum in recent years and needs to be given fresh impetus, Suffolk councillors have been warned by a senior Greater Anglia manager.

More trains will be operating on rail routes across the country from Monday week, May 18, but not a full service – and they are likely to continue to be for key workers doing essential jobs only.

Suffolk councillors are to question rail bosses about the problems that hit passengers earlier this year in what will be the county’s first scrutiny committee meeting held online.

Train operator Greater Anglia has invested in “fogging guns” to help keep trains an stations clean during the coronavirus pandemic.

There can be few people whose lives or businesses have not been seriously impacted by the extraordinary – and tragic – times that we are currently living through.

Greater Anglia is reaching out to a group who have seen one of their main hobbies put out of bounds during the lockdown...the region’s rail enthusiasts.

Greater Anglia drivers have been learning to drive the new suburban trains on two simulators that have been installed in the company’s academy at Stratford in east London.

The coronavirus lockdown is set to have a major impact on rail travel – but Greater Anglia managing director Jamie Burles warned it could be months before the new way of working becomes clear for passengers and staff.

Greater Anglia’s fleet of electric locomotives, which hauled Intercity trains to London for nearly 20 years, is preparing to move out to a new life as a freight workhorse.

Greater Anglia is using the reduced number of trains operating on the region’s network at present as an opportunity to bed in the new trains that have started operating over the last six months – and to prepare for the arrival of the new suburban trains later in the year.

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