Manea, one of Abellio Greater Anglia’s smallest stations, is set to receive a major uplift in its rail service next week, as train operator Abellio Greater Anglia launches its new timetable and begins to operate a new two hourly weekday and Saturday service from 28th December.
Currently only two Cross Country trains per day serve the station however, with the benefit of the significant infrastructure upgrade in Peterborough, Abellio Greater Anglia are now also able to offer a service to the village community.
Announcing the news at a meeting with Parish, District and County Council representatives last Wednesday, Greater Anglia Partnerships Manager Geraint Hughes said
“This is a key moment for us, for a long time we have wanted to respond to the villagers’ request for an improved rail service. With the completion of a key stage of Network Rail’s improvement works at Peterborough station we can now retime our service to include the stop at Manea. We look forward to working with the Hereward Community Rail Partnership and the villagers themselves, to promote this important service to the local community.”
Responding to the news, Fenland’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Councillor Ralph Butcher said: “I am delighted that the new timetable for Manea is about to begin. Transport is a vital issue for a big rural area like Fenland and especially for Manea and this service is a very significant improvement. Fenland District Council has been working with Manea Parish Council and Abellio Greater Anglia on railway related matters for some time. We have had strong support from local people, who know what a big difference this service will make.”