Rise in passenger numbers at Manea

A fallen tree blocks the platform and trains at Ruskington station on Saturday. Photo: Tracey Walker. EMN-150712-185631001
A fallen tree blocks the platform and trains at Ruskington station on Saturday. Photo: Tracey Walker. EMN-150712-185631001

A train service has seen a rise in the number of passengers since the introduction of extra services.
Abellio Greater Anglia brought in extra services in 2013 and has seen a 65 per cent increase. The growth comes after the firm introduced a regular, two-hourly weekday and Saturday service. Before the new services commenced, only two trains per day called at the station.

The service now connects villagers directly with Peterborough, Ely and Ipswich. Partnerships manager Geraint Hughes, said: “I am delighted that the improved train service at Manea is proving a real benefit. For a long time we wanted to respond to the villagers’ request for an improved rail service and with the completion of a key stage of improvement works at Peterborough we were able re-time services to include the stops at Manea. The increase demonstrates that the service has created a real public transport alternative.”