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Bringing chaos to Essex rail travellers
Member Name: carr30
Date: 18/04/03, updated on 18/04/03 (44 review reads)
Advantages: Good collection of antique trains
Disadvantages: Unreliable, Expensive, Infrequent
Anyone using the Liverpool Street - Colchester service will have reason to dread Anglia Railways. Colchester is served by First Great Eastern; peak Anglia trains don't stop at Colchester going out of London and are hopelessly crowded going in.
The problem is that Anglia Railways run antique locomotives that are very unreliable and keep breaking down. Their trains then have to be rescued by the spare engine that they keep halfway along their London-Norwich route, at Colchester. (Freight companies using the same locomotive have the sense to use them in pairs so that they are less likely to get stuck.)
Also local FGE services are always held if an Anglia is running late. After being hours late as a consequence of their choas, I have begged Anglia to take their stock somewhere else, perhaps route it through Cambridge or something. All they do is promise not to let it happen again. Ha!!
I am particularly animated by this at the moment because the Anglia region's rail franchise has been shortlisted by the SRA to 3 companies. FGE who provide the reliable and frequent service has been excluded from the list. Anglia who provide the unreliable and irregular service are on the list