Greater Anglia – It’s Happening
Greater Anglia operates the East Anglia rail franchise, providing most commuter and regional services from London Liverpool Street Station to Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and parts of Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.
Until 2022, Greater Anglia are changing every one of their trains, investing £1.4bn in modern state-of-the art software-driven trains and services, and transforming passengers’ journeys.
The improved carriages have more space, more seats, large picture windows and air conditioning, as well as fast, free wi-fi and plug and USB points on eery train. Every train has an accessible toilet and bicycle spaces.
There will be 169 new Bombardier and Stadler trains on branch and Inter-City lines, with 1-6 extra carriages compared to 2016. 4 carriage and 3 carriage trains are being used on services and Norwich to London Intercity services will be 12 carriage trains. There is 20-40% more seats on peak-time trains.
Train travel is a well-known sustainable way to travel, but the new trains have many environmentally friendly benefits. Their bi-mode engines can switch between diesel and electric power, making the network greener than ever.
More about Greater Anglia’s new trains
London Stansted Airport
London Stansted Airport, the International Gateway to the East of England, serves 200 destinations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
They have recently announced new flights from Turkey and India.
The fourth busiest airport in the UK after Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester, London Stansted is the fastest-growing.
London Stansted has plans to increase its number of passengers from 35 million to 43 million passengers.
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership works with businesses, education and local authority partners to drive growth and enterprise in Norfolk and Suffolk.
New Anglia LEP achieves economic growth by securing private and public investment to deliver a range of programmes and initiatives with partners to improve infrastructure, skills and business support.
Visit East of England is the visitor economy sector group for New Anglia LEP.
Norfolk and Suffolk Unlimited
Norfolk and Suffolk Unlimited is a brand for the region’s world class business offer which will be globally marketed in a bid to attract inward investment.
The brand, developed by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, uses ‘sense of place’, a key element of the visitor economy narrative.
The campaign will help deliver the ambitions of the region’s economic strategy to 2036 and is being delivered in partnership with Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils and has the endorsement of the Department for International Trade.
VisitBritain (VB) is the national tourism agency, responsible for marketing Britain worldwide and developing Britain’s visitor economy. It works with UK Trade & Investment as well as airlines, travel operators, global brands and the official tourism bodies for London, England, Scotland and Wales, to grow the volume and value of inbound tourism across the nations and regions of Britain. It is the consumer, trade and media facing brand of inbound tourism.
VB is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.
Visit Britain corporate website
Arts Council England
The New Anglia LEP Culture Board works collaboratively to build the cultural economy in the East. The Board provides a focus for decision-making and leadership regarding cultural issues, opportunities, strategies, programmes and projects.
The Board started in 2011 and has successfully developed and delivered a range of initiatives including Look Sideways East – building cultural tourism ( 2014-2021), StartEast – building the cultural economy (2016-2019) and Collaboration, Place Change – transforming leadership (2020-2022).
The New Anglia LEP Culture Board attracted significant investment from Arts Council England’s Cultural Destinations funding. This funding is to enable the Board to work in partnership with Visit East of England and other destination organisations in the region, to increase their reach, engagement and resilience through working with the tourism sector to encourage more staying visitors to the East of England. Closer working between the two sectors will contribute to the economic growth of the cultural and tourism visitor economies.