National Express boosts Stansted service level

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National Express (NX) has unveiled enhancements to its London to Stansted Airport services, delivering faster journey times and more frequent departures. With effect from Monday (December 8), 44 new departures have been added to the corridor. The established A9 service now runs directly between Stratford and Stansted Airport, no longer travelling round the loop to Liverpool Street, thus saving time.

The newly introduced A8 service operates 50 times a day from Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport in a loop via Bow, Mile End, Whitechapel, Shoreditch and Bethnal Green, without calling at Stratford – reducing journey times by up to 15 minutes. Meanwhile the A6 service will continue to run from London Victoria. NX said that together, these changes will increase capacity by 25%.

The move comes after NX revealed demand for its existing London to Stansted A6 and A9 services has “soared” – with numbers up by more than 10% year-on-year. As this issue went to press, CBW was awaiting confirmation from NX as to who would be operating the journeys and using what vehicles.