Passengers using Manea railway station will see ‘huge improvements’ in the New Year with more trains stopping and a significantly revised timetable.
Train operator Greater Anglia said this week: “Manea station between Ipswich and Peterborough gains a huge improvement in services as all Abellio Greater Anglia services on Mondays to Saturdays will call there from early in the New Year.
“This major enhancement will see 20 trains a day stopping there instead of the current four – a 400 percent increase in services, which will transform rail accessibility for the local community.
“Abellio Greater Anglia has been keen to stop its services at Manea, but the aspiration has become operationally practical as a result of investment by Network Rail in an additional platform and train capacity at Peterborough station.”
Manea isn’t the only station to see improvements as Abellio Greater Anglia has said other notable upgrades will see four extra stops at Sawbridgeworth on evening services (on Mondays to Fridays) between London and Cambridge, responding to customer and stakeholder aspirations.
On rural routes there are timing changes to services between Norwich and Great Yarmouth/Lowestoft; Ipswich to Peterborough services linked to the additional stops at Manea and the first Cambridge to Norwich train on a Saturday morning.
The changes at Manea come in the wake of a massive campaign from local residents, councillors and Fenland MP Steve Barclay who all put pressure on for improvements to Manea services.
The need for better services has always been one of the main findings in village surveys in recent years.
• Customers are being advised to check their travel details in advance in view of the changes which can be checked online at: www.greateranglia.co.uk Information leaflets will also be available at some of the stations.