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Stansted Express
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Franchise(s):Part of the West Anglia Great Northern franchise
(1997 - 31 March 2004)
Part of Greater Anglia franchise
(1 April 2004 - 31 March 2011)
Main Route(s):Liverpool Street - Stansted Airport
(West Anglia Main Line)
Other Route(s):None
Fleet size:82
Stations called at:5
Parent company:National Express East Anglia
(National Express Group)
Web site:www.stanstedexpress.com

Template:Stansted Express Stansted Express is a sub-brand of National Express East Anglia. It is the direct train service linking central London (Liverpool Street station) to Stansted Airport, one of London's major air hubs. Prior to 2004 Stansted Express was part of the WAGN franchise.

The service runs every 15 minutes with a journey time of between 46 minutes to over 1 hour during peak times.

Unlike the Heathrow Express and the Gatwick Express, the service also calls at stations between the airport and the central London station. These are Tottenham Hale (which provides interchange with the London Underground and easier access to the West End and North London), Bishops Stortford and Harlow. ( This also includes Broxbourne, Ponders End and Brimsdown during the morning peak)

Rolling stockEdit

Current fleetEdit

Class Image Type Top speed Quantity Routes operated Built
mph km/h
Class 317/7 100px electric multiple unit 100 160 9 Liverpool Street - Stansted Airport 1981–1987
Class 317/8 100px electric multiple unit 100 160 12 Liverpool Street - Stansted Airport 1981–1987

Future fleetEdit

As part of the 1300 new carriages to expand the UK's passenger rail fleet, Stansted Express were designated to receive 120 new vehicles. In February 2009, it was announced that Bombardier Transportation would produce the new trains[1]. Bombardier announced on 2 April that a contract had been signed for the delivery of the 120 coaches between December 2010 and March 2011[2]. The trains have now been identified as Class 379 units.[3]

Class Type Top speed Quantity Routes operated Built
mph km/h
Class 379/0 electric multiple unit 100 160 30 Liverpool Street - Stansted Airport 2009–2011

Former FleetEdit

Stansted Express originally used a fleet of five Class 322 EMUs until it was decided to change to a dedicated fleet of nine Class 317/7 EMUs and 12 Class 317/8s which work the service today. The displaced Class 322s were redeployed on several other routes/franchises around the country before settling in their current role in Scotland working services between Glasgow/Edinburgh and North Berwick.

CriticismEdit

In May 2009 National Express abolished off-peak fares on services from Stansted Airport. Therefore all fares are considered peak (regardless of day or time travelled) and hence this is reflected in the price. Those living locally have to produce ID in order to obtain a discounted ticket, though the discount is less than the previous off-peak fare.[4]

In September 2010, ads for Stansted express were banned because they were deemed misleading.[5]

See alsoEdit

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