The Greater Anglia decision that leaves Bury St Edmunds Ed Sheeran fans facing 9pm last train
Some Ed Sheeran fans in Bury St Edmunds will be hoping the singer’s homecoming Ipswich shows will not extend late into the night.
This is because Greater Anglia has decided against adding any extra trains for the line to Cambridge - despite providing more services on other routes.
It means the last train back from Ipswich to Bury after Sheeran plays on Sunday, August 25, will be 9.02pm - not long after he is due to be on stage.
Sheeran is playing at Chantry Park on August 23, 24, 25 and 26. On all other nights the final train will depart Ipswich for Bury at 10.19pm.
But two extra trains to Norwich and three to Colchester and London have been added. This means that fans in further flung towns can benefit from trains running up towards midnight.
Thousands of Ed Sheeran fans are expected to attend the concerts, which bring the curtain down on the singer’s Divide world tour.
Greater Anglia said: “We have worked closely with the concert organisers to see where fans are travelling from to get to the concert, as well as conducting a travel survey.
“Research showed that of Ed Sheeran fans travelling by train to the concert were planning to use the mainline from stations north and south of Ipswich.
“We’ve listened to this and plan to run additional trains to Norwich and Colchester and London after the concerts to help people get home.”
The Ipswich gigs will feature support from Lewis Capaldi, Passenger and, perhaps surprisingly, The Darkness - who hail from Lowestoft. The opening slot for the first three shows will be filled by a local artist, after a county-wide competition.
As well as starring in Suffolk-shot film Yesterday, Sheeran has recently released his latest album: No.6 Collaborations Project.