Commuters on the Southend Victoria to Liverpool Street line have admitted that they are ‘excited’ about radical new plans to run train services to a TIMETABLE – the proposals were announced by Greater Anglia today in front of journalists in London.
According to bosses at parent company Abellio, top-secret discussions have been taking place for a number of weeks to come up with a schedule-based system where passengers are informed in advance about the time that they can expect a certain service to stop at any particular station. When Chief Executive Sir Henry Raylesworth took to the podium, he made it clear that the changes will ‘revolutionise’ the passenger experience.
Sir Henry said: ‘We are incredibly excited about the development of the Greater Anglia timetable – this is all about giving passengers flexibility when they want to travel.’
From September 2016, commuters and leisure travellers alike will be able to think of a time that they want to arrive somewhere, and then using our revolutionary new timetable they will be able to work backwards and choose a train that will get them to their destination at this pre-planned time.’
‘From Greater Anglia’s point of view, we can run trains at times that will match the information that is in the daily timetable, and during busier periods we can even get Network Rail to programme their 21st-Century signals to indicate when trains can pass safely and when they need to stop.’
‘These signals can be linked to the track as well to automatically route trains onto the correct rails so that they can proceed to the next station – this is real blue-sky thinking.’
‘Air passengers who land at Southend Airport will also benefit hugely from our timetable. All incoming flights will connect with trains as long as you can get off the plane, collect your luggage, pass through immigration and get to the adjacent rail station in 90 seconds.’
Regular daily commuter Jonathan Crooke travels to work every day from his home in Rochford to London, and he told Southend Network that he is looking forward to trying out Greater Anglia’s new approach to rail travel.
He said: ‘This is massive news for thousands of people like myself. Until now, I have been getting to Rochford and just staring down the tracks and willing a train to appear with mixed success. Having a timetable will allow me to plan my day accordingly.’