Greater Anglia launch service which allows Bury St Edmunds passengers faster travel into London
A new train service has made it possible to travel between Bury St Edmunds and London in 89 minutes.
Greater Anglia has introduced four faster links a day, which offer passengers a journey from Ipswich to Liverpool Street in less than one hour for the first time.
Jo Churchill, who boarded the inaugural service this week, hailed its potential to cut down the time of commuting - which can take more than two hours from Bury St Edmunds.
But the Bury MP has also called for more of the trains and for them to run at times more convenient for London commuters.
Train to gain
When you can board the faster London services to and from Bury St Edmunds
(Operating Mondays to Saturdays)
Departing Bury St Edmunds 08:56 - changing at Ipswich
Departing Ipswich 09:33
Arriving London Liverpool Street 10:30
Departing Bury St Edmunds 16:58 - changing at Ipswich
Departing Ipswich 17:33
Arriving London Liverpool Street 18:30
Departing London Liverpool Street 11:00 - changing at Ipswich
Departing Ipswich 12:01
Arriving Bury St Edmunds 12:30
Departing London Liverpool Street 19:00 - changing at Ipswich
Departing Ipswich 20:01
Arriving Bury St Edmunds 20:29
Mrs Churchill said: “With the roll out of the new trains beginning this summer, passengers were already set to benefit from more reliable and comfortable journeys.
“It is my ambition these initial four daily services are expanded and that we see regular services between Suffolk and London in under 60 minutes, at times that better suit commuters.
“We already welcome hundreds of thousands of people every year to west Suffolk. Improved rail links with London will hopefully lead to more people visiting our wonderful area, helping us compete for a bigger share of the tourist pound.
“As I have said, we have seen the start of the faster services between Norwich, Ipswich and London. It is my ambition for these services to become more regular and to build upon the connectivity within our region as well.”
It typically takes between one hour and forty-five minutes to two hours for Bury passengers to get to London, whether it is via Ipswich or Cambridge.
This new, faster, service connects London to Norwich. Some trains additionally call at Stowmarket.
The new trains will shave 12 minutes off the current fastest journey between Norwich and London and cut the fastest journey between Ipswich and London by four minutes.
In addition, Greater Anglia has committed to providing a comfortable service - which will see all of these trains equipped with:
- More seats,
- USB and plug points,
- Better passenger information
- Improved accessibility.
Businesses and politicians in East Anglia have been calling for faster journey times between Norfolk, Suffolk and London for ten years.
The service was championed through the East Anglian Rail Prospectus and Great Eastern Main Line Taskforce.