Mustard video: Passengers give their verdict on train services in Norfolk and Suffolk

Graphic showing the Autumn 2013 National Rail Passenger Survey. Graphic by Ollie Hoff Graphic showing the Autumn 2013 National Rail Passenger Survey. Graphic by Ollie Hoff

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
4:49 PM

Passengers using InterCity rail services between East Anglia and London showed the largest overall increase in satisfaction in the country during 2013.

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But other aspects of Greater Anglia’s performance remained patchy, according to the passenger satisfaction survey run by the government’s official rail watchdog.

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The Passenger Focus survey showed that overall satisfaction increased on Greater Anglia between surveys in spring and autumn of last year – but remained lower than it had been during the autumn of 2012.

However, on its InterCity route between London and Norwich through Ipswich and Colchester, the overall satisfaction was 91pc, one of the highest in the country and showing the largest increase.

And 56pc of passengers using that route felt their tickets offered good or satisfactory value for money, another significant increase.

Overall satisfaction of the company’s services was 80pc– 3pc higher than it had been in the spring of last year but 3pc lower than it was in autumn 2012.

The survey highlighted another area that needed attention, which was the state of Greater Anglia’s on train toilets. The satisfaction level for these fell by 7pc over the year.

A spokesman for Greater Anglia said Autumn 2013 was challenging for the company because it included the St Jude storm in October which caused disruption to train services.

Ruud Haket, Managing Director, Abellio Greater Anglia said: “We have continued to make some good progress investing in more station improvement schemes, in better customer service and rolling stock upgrades.

“We remain absolutely committed to doing what we can to deliver a better service for customers and in delivering improving levels of train service performance.”

Overall satisfaction on First Capital Connect services was 79pc- 3pc higher than last spring, but 2pc lower than it was in autumn 2012.

Only 37pc of passengers felt they received value for money on the price of their tickets on the company’s services, which was 5pc up on last spring but 1pc down on autumn 2012.

Satisfaction with punctuality also increased on last spring by 3pc, with 74pc in total feeling reliability was good. This percentage was 7pc higher than on autumn 2012.

The views of customers on the company’s Great Northern route, which runs from King’s Cross to King’s Lynn via Cambridge and Peterborough, were also positive, with 80pc satisfied overall and 35pc feeling they received value for money for their ticket.

A further 75pc of passengers were happy with punctuality on the Great Northern route.

David Sidebottom, acting chief executive of Passenger Focus, said: “Although generally satisfaction has remained fairly high over the last five years, we want to see a more consistently high level of service for passengers, wherever they may be travelling to and from.”

6 comments

  • Well done to Greater Anglia on the Class 156 upgrades, a great improvement. It is hoped that the users of these trains do not start immediately to undo the good work carried out by Greater Anglia and their contractors. It would help with the toilet problem on the intercity sets if the tanks were refilled at Liverpool Street and not just Norwich, However, some people do seem intent on messing them up even on local services as recently witnessed on a Class 170 working Lowestoft - Ipswich service.

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    Port Watcher

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • This explains why the east has such dire trains - because the locals are happy to put up with it. I have to wonder if the people who are satisfied with this train and think it offers value for money have ever taken a train anywhere else in this country. These trains are diabolical and are about 20 years behind the rest of the country (which is itself 20 years behind the rest of Europe) and the laid back, easy-to-please attitude of East Anglians gives train operators and the government zero incentive to spend money upgrading this horrendous, almost third-world quality service.

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    GEM

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • I travelled 'first class' at the weekend. My reclining seat didn't recline. Three lighting tubes not working in the carriage. Walk to the buffet bar to get a free coffee if you are happy to leave all your possessions unattended or carry them all with you. That sums up the Greater Anglia experience. At least it wasn't the carriage where the sliding door is permanently open allowing a cooling breeze to chill all those in close proximity.

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    a fine city

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • "and rolling stock upgrades" - well that is a complete lie, apart from a quick refresh on the Intercity trains and the Cambridge trains there isn't any upgrades. A few protoype refurbished units are undergoing trial but nothing is signed. Unless Ruud is trying to take credit for the new trains on Stanstead Express and a few Cambridge, which were ordered by NatEx and not him? What a liar.

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    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • "and rolling stock upgrades" - well that is a complete lie, apart from a quick refresh on the Intercity trains and the Cambridge trains there isn't any upgrades. A few protoype refurbished units are undergoing trial but nothing is signed. Unless Ruud is trying to take credit for the new trains on Stanstead Express and a few Cambridge, which were ordered by NatEx and not him? What a ****

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    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • I travelled on the Greater Anglia line last weekend Yarmouth - Liverpool St - Yarmouth and have to say that all trains ran on time and it was great to see the "new" rolling stock between Yarmouth and Norwich. Well done Greater Anglia and their staff.

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    Toxic23

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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