Thursday, 26 July 2012

Our Rail Problems Go Global!

Interesting to note that the media stories regarding heat affected services on the GE mainline have been seen online in:
  • Chelmsford Weekly News
  • Telegraph
  • Express
  • Daily Mail
  • MSNBC (USA/Online)
  • Atlantic Cities (USA)
  • WKZO (USA)
  • WTAQ (USA)
  • WSAU (USA)
  • WHTC (USA)
  • Reuters
  • Malaysia Star
  • CNBC
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Norwich Evening News
  • Reuters Africa
  • Globe & Mail (Canada)
  • Metro
  • ITV News
  • Irish Examiner
  • Independent
  • TNT Magazine
and the Evening Standard.

Stories about trains not stopping at Stratford (THE Olympic station!) to avoid delays, will not show our railways in the best light.  Take note Network Rail and Greater Anglia!

Friday, 20 July 2012

Extra Staff For Olympics

Greater Anglia re providing additional staff at certain stations to assist with the anticipated crowds attending the Olympics.  The 'Games Team' is drawn from the company's workforce and will see train planners, finance controllers and admin staff assisting the customer services team.  They will be identifiable by their magenta tabards and armed with their Olympic handbooks.

The Games Team will be based at Colchester, Ipswich and Cambridge stations in addition to those already at Liverpool Street and Stratford.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Would A Poor Rail Service Affect The Way You Vote?

The ongoing problems suffered by Essex commuters almost daily, caused mainly by lack of investment in infrastructure, and the ever increasing costs in traveling by train have prompted some to suggest it would affect the way they vote at the next election.

Would your vote be affected by the local train service?  Let us know at 

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Beaulieu Park - New Station

It is understood that work will start on constructing the first of the new houses at Beaulieu Park, north of Chelmsford, in March 2013. Importantly for rail passengers, initial work on the new station there is currently out to tender, so could start soon. The new station will include long passing loops to enable fast trains to pass slower ones thereby improving journey times.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Rail Manifesto

If you would like a copy of the Rail Manifesto that was launched on Monday, please contact us at and we will email a copy to you.

Monday, 2 July 2012

Manifesto For A Better Rail Service Launched

A prospectus entitled Once in a Generation - A Rail Prospectus for East Anglia has been launched by an alliance of interested parties claiming that the existing rail network is holding back economic performance in Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk.

The document is seen as a realistic and technically feasable programme of improvements between now and 2032.

Improvements of interest to local passengers include infrastructure upgrades on the Great Eastern Mainline, new trains and increased frequency on branch lines.

The prospectus is being supported by local MPs, over 25 local authorities and 19 Rail User Groups including the Essex Rail Users Federation.