Stansted Express to double peak period services from today
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The Stansted Express rail service, run by Greater Anglia, is boosting its services from today.
The number of trains running from Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport will be doubled during the morning and evening peak periods.
Overall, however, services remain reduced compared to pre-pandemic levels.
Stansted Airport remains unhappy with the level of service, with the number of daily trains still well down despite passenger numbers being virtually back to pre-pandemic levels.
Greater Anglia is defending the ‘twice per hour’ service outside of peak periods, which compares to the 15 minute service which ran pre-covid. It says that the new 12-carriage rolling stock from Swiss group Stadler has 80% more seats than the trains it replaced.
When will Stansted Express trains run?
The new timetable will see weekday trains run every 15 minutes from Liverpool Street between 5.10am and 8.10am and between 4.10pm and 7.40pm.
Trains from the airport to Liverpool Street will run every 15 minutes from 6am to 9.15am and 4.45pm to 8.15pm.
Services will remain at half-hourly frequencies during off-peak hours and at weekends.
London Stansted’s Managing Director, Gareth Powell, said:
“The reintroduction of four trains per hour between London and the airport during the morning and evening peaks is a really positive development.
“London Stansted has been the fastest recovering UK airport, so it’s great Greater Anglia are able to provide a fast, turn-up-and-go service for our passengers, staff, as well as local commuters.
“This will not only encourage more passengers back onto trains and out of private cars to enable the most sustainable growth possible at the airport, but it will also make us more attractive to airlines looking to access the UK and invest in the London aviation market.
“We are very proud to be the number one airport in the UK for public transport use by passengers and we look forward to continuing this impressive record and developing further timetable enhancements with Greater Anglia in the future.”