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Greater Anglia to increase services to allow social distancing

As more people return to work during the pandemic, our region's train operator is increasing the number of services which it says is to keep people safe.

From Monday 18th May, an amended Saturday timetable will be in place which will see a rise in services from Colchester, Clacton and Southend to London, as well as the route between Cambridge and Liverpool Street.

While the regional services will remain as the reduced emergency timetable, the hourly Norwich to Cambridge service will run as a direct through train to Stansted Airport again.

The intercity service between Norwich and London will continue to run hourly, but will not call at Colchester or Chelmsford during peak periods.

Greater Anglia says passengers at Colchester will be served by three trains per hour.

Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, has urged people to follow the Government's advice to avoid public transport, and only use it if absolutely essential. 

He said: "We are continuously monitoring passenger numbers to make sure customers can continue to follow Government and Public Health England guidelines on social distancing wherever possible.

"Our top priority is that customers and staff can travel safely while the coronavirus outbreak persists. We will continue to pay particular attention to cleaning high contact areas on our trains and stations such as push buttons, door handles and grab rails."

Jamie Burles MD of Greater Anglia - social distancing (Greater Anglia)
Jamie Burles, Greater Anglia managing director, outside Cambridge station (Greater Anglia).

Mr Burles continued: "We would kindly encourage customers to buy tickets online or via our app. If that’s not possible then please use contactless payment on our ticket vending machines.

"We have marked up our trains and stations with tape and markings to help customers to socially distance. A one door in and one door out system may be in operation on some trains or stations, please look or listen out for instructions from our staff.

"There are other ways that customers can help us to keep them safe – please consider starting or finishing work earlier or later so that not everyone is travelling at the same time.

"The Government is also advising people to wear a face covering when using public transport."

Full details of the amended timetables can be found on Greater Anglia's website and app. 

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