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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 Express to double peak period services from today

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.

Stansted Express to double peak period services from today

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.”

Comments (20)

  • Tony says:

    Are they doubling the fare as well?!

  • vlcnc says:

    I think one of the problems with this service given how far out Stansted is the fact the trains begin relatively late in the morning and finish before midnight – given the airpot is mainly low-cost, this makes the train rather useless for a lot of people. It’s just not convenient. Least Gatwick has 24hr service even if it is fairly skeletal in the early hours.

  • Richie says:

    Emirates has 2 flights per day on massive B773 planes at off peak times, train capacity may not be great at these times, particularly for the afternoon arrival and departure.

    • Andrew. says:

      Even so, that’s only 400ish passengers per plane, there’s still over 1500 seats on the Standsted Express every hour off peak. 3000+ every hour peak.

      • tony says:

        Indeed. I see FR’s highest density 737 seats 197. The EK 777 service is a mere rounding error against that.

        Have managed to avoid Stansted for more than a decade. Happy to keep it that way….

  • Nick says:

    The airport is right. If there were any doubt that the train service is not good enough (frequency, reliability and cost) just look at the national express schedule between London and Stansted… 8 coaches an hour and growing. A half decent rail service would make this unsustainable.

    • Lady London says:

      Plus isn’t it the most expensive rail route in Europe or something?

      The current franchisee might smarten up if a competitor on the same line could be found a way to introduce?

      With the early flight waves Ryanair operate, and their many late evening arrivals, to say nothing of how long it can take for the huge arrival queues at Immigration to be processed late evenings, you’d think some sort of 24-hr requirement would be imposed on the rail operator.

      However I’ve got an idea they shut Stansted airport doors sometime after midnight until checkin gates open now, or did that unfriendly move by MAG Group who own Stansted, not stick?

    • ADS says:

      Yes indeed. A few months ago I just missed a train into London, and instead of waiting half an hour, I took a coach. It probably wasn’t any quicker, but it was a bit cheaper, and better than standing around in the rather dull station.

  • william says:

    I really like the new trains far superior to the old trains.

    Open to correction but believe you can use a railcard purchase tickets on stanstead express but only if you book somewhere like trainline

    • Diego says:

      That’s correct, you can use a railcard, I have used the Network railcard on it recently but I believe all railcards are valid.
      I normally book directly in Great Anglia website, as trainline charges a small fee (or at least, it used to).

  • jjoohhnn says:

    Clearly not focusing these ‘peak’ trains on airlines passengers if the peak is during the railway peak usage period, i.e. commuters, rather than airline peak periods.

  • ChasP says:

    Only tried it once, had an appointment in Central London so took train to airport and flew Ryanair to Italy. On the way back the plane was 4 minutes late arriving and bag collect was slow but not outrageously so. We still comfortably missed the last train and 100+ people had to sleep on the floor.
    Never again!
    The last train should be at least an hour after the last scheduled arrival.

    • Chaz says:

      I have no idea why anyone would sleep on a floor overnight. If you can travel to Italy, surely you can afford a taxi to London in extremis – or the Hampton that’s a five minute walk away?

      • vlcnc says:

        There are also National Express coaches all night to London.

      • Lady London says:

        Been there, done that.

        On the whole, the Stansted traveller is a very different animal than the Heathrow traveller.

    • Lady London says:

      Needs to be 24hr as so many late evening flights arrive late as well.

  • Bernard says:

    It’s not very ‘Express’ though, is it?
    The National Express bus is quicker, one third the price and more frequent

    • Londonsteve says:

      +1. I was recently staggered when comparing timetables that in the late evening the bus to Liverpool Street takes the same amount of time as the train. And it’s half price with more frequent departures.

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