Station talk success as Greater Anglia boss discusses plans at March Society meeting

Alan Neville from Greater Anglia with Jennifer Lawler of The March Society. Picture: SUBMITTED

Alan Neville from Greater Anglia with Jennifer Lawler of The March Society. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

More than 200 ‘station adopters’, a new Cambridge to Brighton service and combined bus and rail tickets were all discussed at a talk by a Greater Anglia boss held in March.

Alan Neville, the community and customer engagement manager for Greater Anglia, gave a detailed update at the March Society meeting.

Mr Neville reported that the rail industry had faced some challenges in 2018, including ‘Beast from the East’ and Northern’s new timetable.

However, he said there was “plenty of good news” with more than 200 volunteer ‘station adopters’ helping to look after stations in the Greater Anglia region and Greater Anglia’s new train project progressing well.

Locally, stations have been repainted and new ticket machines, new customer information systems and improved CCTV installed.

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The Cambridge to Brighton via Gatwick service is now up and running.

Progress will continue with more seats available in stations, smart ticket machines and combined bus and rail tickets.

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The ongoing issue about lack of enough carriages and the absence of late evening trains on the March to Cambridge line was again raised.

While Alan agreed with the comments made, he said that the matter was “not within his remit” and was the responsibility of the CrossCountry train operating company.

The March Society’s next meeting is on Wednesday November 7 at 7pm in March Library when Ian Mason the curator of Chatteris Museum will talk on ‘Anglo Saxons in Chatteris’.

Everyone is welcome.

Members £2, non-members £3 with tea, coffee, biscuits and the latest news.

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