Advantages Appear more reliable than Anglia
Disadvantages Cramped and Bumpy
This is not really an overall view of First Great Eastern, but more an analysis of the commuter service between Manningtree / Ipswich and Liverpool Street.I used to regularly catch the 6.51 Anglian train scheduled for Liverpool St at 7.57, but after constantly rusing to the station in time only to be delayed 10, 20 mins waiting because of points problems at Diss etc, I decided to switch to the slightly earlier First Great eastern 06.40.
Though this is scheduled for Liverpool St at 06.56 (only 1 minute before the Anglian) I found it normally arrives just after 07.50 (7 mins early).The advantage of this train is that as it only starts from Ipswich it is rarely late at Manningtree (its first stop).
After trying various trains to get home the best Great Eastern train is the 17.02, though this is packed (you can get a seat if you are on the train up to 2 or 3 mins before departure) it tends to run on time, though can occasionally be delayed as train arrives in 2 sections. Arriving at Manningtree at 18.08Next is the 17.16, this normally leaves on time but is incredibly bumpy. I kid you not, when I get this train, I nearly always leave with a headache.
I now outline the choices with comments:Manningtree to Liverpool St
Liverpool St - Manningtree
16.45 - 17.54 GE normally full as splits at Colchester this adds 5 mins on journey. Train also waits at colchester whilst fast train comes through.
17.02 - 18.08 GE Busy but generally on time, space gets better at each stop.
17.16 - 18.22 Normally a few mins late. Very Bumpy
17.30 - 18.28 Anglian - 5 - 10 mins late, get a seat if 5 mins before departure. Buffet car
Avoid the 06.51 and 07.21 either too inconsistent or too crowded.
Avoid 16.46 and possibly the 17.16 too bumpy.
hope this helps anyone planning to travel during the rush hour on a one off journey.Note also:
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