Friday, 30 November 2012

Greater Anglia "Print Your Own Ticket" Facilty Available

Following a successful pilot scheme in the summer Greater Anglia have now rolled out their scheme allowing passengers to purchase and print their own Advance train tickets to London and certain other routes at home, or download them to mobile phones.

For details click here

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Beaulieu Park Station To Go Ahead...

Chelmsford City Council has given provisional planning permission for a £1bn development to the north of the city at Beaulieu Park.  The scheme will include 3,600 homes and 670,000ft of commercial space.  But of interest to rail users is the inclusion of a new station that will include passing loops to enable trains to pass at his location.  Whilst the construction of such a large development will be controversial to many the inclusion of the station and associated rail infrastructure will be of great benefit those using the Great Eastern mainline.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Rail Fares Set To Rise

Rail Fares are set to rise by just over 4% in the new year.  The rise should actually have been greater but for intervention by the government to limit it to 1% over inflation - the original target being 3% plus inflation.

Annual season tickets from Colchester to London will increase to £4,556 from £4,376 and tickets from Manningtree will increase to £5,060 from £4,860.

Interestingly the price of an annual season ticket from Shenfield to London will actually fall by £16 (0.6%) to £2,704.

Wi-Fi Coming To Essex Stations

Wi-Fi will soon be available at stations in Essex.  Greater Anglia are working with The Cloud to provide Wi-Fi access to the following stations:

Colchester North, Colchester Town, Wivenhoe, Kelvedon, Marks Tey, Thorpe-le-Soken, Clacton, Frinton, Walton, Manningtree, Harwich International, Dovercourt, Harwich Town, Witham, Braintree and Hatfield Peverel.

Passengers will have free use of the service for one hour a day with BSkyB customers having unlimited access.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Information About Busiest Trains

Greater Anglia has started trialling posters at certain stations between Shenfield and Colchester to indicate which trains are busiest and where passengers may find seats during weekday morning peak periods.

If you have any comments about these posters then please do let us know at