Thursday, 29 March 2012

MP Requests Improved Disabled Access For Manningtree

Bernard Jenkin MP has written to the department for Transport requesting disabled access at Manningtree Station be improved.  The MRUA has been campaigning for improved access for some time and any improvement would be welcomed by many.

Currently access to and from platform 3 can only be made via the narrow subway which involves steep steps.  Those in wheelchairs have to seek assistance to be escorted across the track.  The situation has been made worse by effectively turning Manningtree into a terminus for Harwich trains making the need to change platforms an issue for even more people.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Changes To Departure Boards At Liverpool Street - Your Thoughts?

The main departure boards at Liverpool Street were today changed to reflect the geographical groupings detailed in the previous post.  The MRUA certainly has a view on this but would be interested to hear your thoughts?  Contact us at

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Liverpool Steet Departure Boards Are Changing

Network Rail will be making changes to the main departure boards at Liverpool Street on Wednesday 28th March.  The boards will be split into three sections based on the geographic groupings of services.

Section 1 will display services to:
King’s Lynn, Cambridge, Stansted Airport, Bishop's Stortford, Hertford East, Enfield Town and Chingford

Section 2 will feature a ‘Special Notice’ display, giving our customers additional general information concerning train services.

Section 3 will display services to:
Norwich, Ipswich, Harwich Town, Walton-on-the-Naze, Clacton-on-Sea, Colchester, Colchester Town, Braintree, Southminster, Southend Victoria, Shenfield and Gidea Park.

There will be no change to the current Stansted Express information on the departure board.

Monday, 5 March 2012

5:54 Ex Manningtree 5th March

The MRUA have asked Greater Anglia for an explanation as to why the 05:54 was 'cancelled' this morning.  Passengers at Manningtree were told it was cancelled due to overrunning engineering work only to see the train hurtle through the station without stopping.  The train didn't stop at Colchester either and arrived at Liverpool Street all but empty of passengers.

Those left at Manningtree endured a slow train to Liverpool Street heaving with passengers.

A cynic might think the 5:54 was allowed to avoid Manningtree and Colchester so as to arrive at Liverpool Street within ten minutes of its booked time and therefore not be logged as late.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

A Rise In 'Signals Passed At Danger'

The number of Signals Passed At Danger (SPADs) incidents in East Anglia more than doubled last year according to figures released by National Express East Anglia.

In its annual report, National express revealed that the number of SPADS went up from 0.44 per million miles in 2010 to 0.96 per million miles in 2011.  That works out at about 20 incidents on the entire East Anglian network throughout the year.

In 2010 there were only 9 SPADs in the region.  However this number was regarded as an exception with 2011 providing figures more in line with the norm.

NXEA confirmed that the vast majority of SPADs involved trains passing a signal by only a metre or two usually as a result of slippery rails.  Details of more serious SPADs were not provided.