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21.07.14

Abellio increases services to Stansted Airport

Abellio Greater Anglia (AGA) is to double the number of off-peak trains running between Cambridge and Stansted Airport, providing an extra 1,700 seats per day.

Eight extra trains will run in each direction between 9.30am and 10pm, in addition to the existing services operated by CrossCountry.

The deal was made possible after the government signed a new direct award franchise agreement with AGA that will also provide refreshed rolling stock on the Great Eastern Main Line between Norwich, Ipswich, Colchester and London.

Passengers will also benefit from new seat covers, new carpets, better lighting and at seat power sockets, improving the travelling experience and helping passengers work and stay in touch.

Rail minister Claire Perry, who officially launched the new services, said: “This deal is great news for passengers along this important route as it will deliver more services and more seats which will make travelling to the airport more comfortable. It will improve the region’s international connections, via Stansted Airport, to the rest of Europe.”

As well as forming part of the government’s investment in rail modernisation, the increase in services between Cambridge and Stansted Airport is in line with the recommendations of the Airport Commission’s study into airport capacity in the UK, which recently highlighted the importance of surface access to the UK’s airports. It will also increase services for passengers at the intermediate stations on the route, providing connections that can stimulate the local economy.

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Nonsuchmike   02/09/2014 at 17:56

Hmmm! Sounds like better carpets, etc, but same trains. So, very much froth without too much substance. Positives include great news for travellers from Cambridge, but what about those of us from Sheffield, Nott'm, Derby, Leicester, Manchester, Birmingham, Northampton, Oxford and London who would really benefit from something more than just what is now only a half decent service - something like a real customer-focussed service which Heathrow and Gatwick currently enjoy? Sorry, too much of a quantum leap for the Central Government/RPI planning mind to take in all at one bite, obviously.

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