A warning for those who go up to London on the first ‘off peak’ train of the day: the timetable has changed!
I was alerted to this fact by a reader of the blog who missed his train last week as a result. He was rescued by the kindness of a fellow traveller who decided to drive to London and gave him a lift as far as Stanstead.
The train that used to leave Sudbury at around 09.00 has been moved forward to 08.46. This might be regarded as good news but the time taken by the re-scheduled train is a very long 1 hour and 28 minutes. A long wait at Marks Tey, combined with a painfully slow stopping train from there to London, seems to be the reason for this. Thus one actually arrives in London no earlier than before but has to get up earlier. I expect that the cost is going up too.
Those who can arrive in London a little later would be better to wait for the 09.33, a reinstated service which is much to be welcomed. This train only takes 1 hour and 11 minutes, a good 17 minutes faster than the 08.46.
I have not looked at the whole timetable, but I expect that there are other adjustments. People travelling to and from London would be well advised to look on the internet before leaving for the station.