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DJS76

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When the Stansted Express was first launched (around 1991 I believe) with the new class 322s, it was originally a half hourly service. Did these trains use existing paths or new ones with other services modified? Also, did they stop at any intermediate stations other than Tottenham Hale?
I believe it some point there was also a stopping service to the airport, I certainly remember seeing 315s operating to the airport. Was this an extension of an existing stopping service or an additional path?
 
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There was a recast of the timetable with Stansted services running xx00 and xx30 from each end. They have always stopped at Tottenham Hale. Initially, only one train each hour stopped at Bishops Stortford on weekday off-peak hours. The 1992 timetable shows some peak time services calling at Sawbridgeworth instead of Bishops Stortford.

315s did run to Stansted for a while, not an extension as such. Over the years, Hertford East services have switched between running via Tottenham Hale and Seven Sisters. Clearly, they are fixed via Tottenham Hale with the London Overground services now split off.
 

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Until around 2009 or so there was a Stratford-Stansted hourly stopping service. In effect, it was an extension of one of the present Stratford-Bishop's Stortford services per hour.

There is now no capacity for this due to the Norwich-Stansted service now running through the tunnel instead.
 

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By way of illustration of changes over time

1989 West Anglia off-peak timetable from Liverpool Street
xx02 Cambridge semi-fast
xx05 Enfield Town
xx07 Chingford
xx13 Cheshunt all stations via Tottenham Hale
xx20 Hertford East all stations from Hackney Downs via Seven Sisters
xx27 Chingford
xx32 Cambridge stopper
xx35 Enfield Town
xx43 Cheshunt all stations via Tottenham Hale
xx47 Chingford
xx50 Hertford East all stations from Hackney Downs via Seven Sisters

1992 West Anglia timetable from Liverpool Street
xx00 Stansted Airport
xx08 Cambridge semi-fast
xx10 Hertford East stopper via Tottenham Hale
xx12 Cheshunt via Seven Sisters
xx14 Chingford
xx27 Enfield Town
xx30 Stansted Airport
xx34 Chingford
xx38 Cambridge slow
xx40 Hertford East stopper via Tottenham Hale
xx42 Cheshunt via Seven Sisters
xx54 Chingford
xx57 Enfield Town

2000 West Anglia timetable from Liverpool Street
xx00 Stansted Airport
xx03 Stansted Airport stopper via Tottenham Hale
xx08 Chingford
xx10 Hertford East all stations via Seven Sisters
xx15 Stansted Airport
xx19 Cambridge semi-fast
xx23 Chingford
xx25 Enfield Town
xx30 Stansted Airport
xx33 Bishops Stortford stopper via Tottenham Hale
xx38 Chingford
xx40 Hertford East all stations via Seven Sisters
xx45 Stansted Airport
xx49 Cambridge slow
xx53 Chingford
xx55 Enfield Town
 

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By way of illustration of changes over time

1989 West Anglia off-peak timetable from Liverpool Street
xx02 Cambridge semi-fast
xx05 Enfield Town
xx07 Chingford
xx13 Cheshunt all stations via Tottenham Hale
xx20 Hertford East all stations from Hackney Downs via Seven Sisters
xx27 Chingford
xx32 Cambridge stopper
xx35 Enfield Town
xx43 Cheshunt all stations via Tottenham Hale
xx47 Chingford
xx50 Hertford East all stations from Hackney Downs via Seven Sisters
Which one if any went to Kings Lynn or did Liverpool Street lose most of its services north of Cambridge before 1989?
1992 West Anglia timetable from Liverpool Street
xx00 Stansted Airport
xx08 Cambridge semi-fast
xx10 Hertford East stopper via Tottenham Hale
xx12 Cheshunt via Seven Sisters
xx14 Chingford
xx27 Enfield Town
xx30 Stansted Airport
xx34 Chingford
xx38 Cambridge slow
xx40 Hertford East stopper via Tottenham Hale
xx42 Cheshunt via Seven Sisters
xx54 Chingford
xx57 Enfield Town
What remained of north of cambridge services from 1992?
2000 West Anglia timetable from Liverpool Street
xx00 Stansted Airport
xx03 Stansted Airport stopper via Tottenham Hale
xx08 Chingford
xx10 Hertford East all stations via Seven Sisters
xx15 Stansted Airport
xx19 Cambridge semi-fast
xx23 Chingford
xx25 Enfield Town
xx30 Stansted Airport
xx33 Bishops Stortford stopper via Tottenham Hale
xx38 Chingford
xx40 Hertford East all stations via Seven Sisters
xx45 Stansted Airport
xx49 Cambridge slow
xx53 Chingford
xx55 Enfield Town
Note the xx15 and xx45 to Stansted Airport didn't run at Peak times and the Stansted Aiport stopper moved to xx35 in the peak to allow peak Class 1Hxx services to Cambridge to operate departing at xx03 (extended north to Ely / Kings Lynn) and xx33 with calls at Tottenham Hale, Harlow Town, Bishops Stortford, Audley End, Whittlesford and Cambridge.
 

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Until around 2009 or so there was a Stratford-Stansted hourly stopping service. In effect, it was an extension of one of the present Stratford-Bishop's Stortford services per hour.

There is now no capacity for this due to the Norwich-Stansted service now running through the tunnel instead.
At one time two of the three Stratford to Stansted diagrams were class 315s. They did still appear once all three were booked for class 317s. The service was cut back to Bishop's Stortford but increased to half hourly south of there. I can't recall when this happened. The Cambridge to Stansted EMU service started around 2015 I think.
 
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