Stansted Express will return to services every 15 minutes throughout the day later this year, “in line with recovering customer demand after the pandemic”.

In May the firm increased frequencies to four trains per hour during peak morning and afternoon periods, with a half hourly service at other times.

And owner Greater Anglia said that it would return to an all day, four trains per hour Stansted Express service, seven days a week from Sunday 10 December.

From this date schedules will operate as follows:

Monday to Saturday

  • London Liverpool Street departures at 0340, 0410, 0440, 0510, then every 15 minutes to 2255, then 2325
  • Stansted Airport departures at 0530, 0600, then every 15 minutes to 2359, then 0030


  • London Liverpool Street departures at 0410, 0440, 0510, 0540, 0610, then every 15 minutes to 2255, then 2325
  • Stansted Airport departures at 0530, 0600, 0630, 0700, then every 15 minutes to 2359, then 0030

Greater Anglia added that “Off peak journey times will also be slightly quicker, with most services scheduled for 47 minutes, as Greater Anglia is able to take full advantage of now operating new trains, with improved performance capabilities, on all its services”.

Commenting on the news Gareth Powell, managing director, Stansted Airport, said:

“London Stansted has been the fastest recovering major UK airport with passenger numbers exceeding pre-pandemic levels for the last two months.

“We therefore welcome the upcoming reintroduction of the full four trains per hour schedule, as it’s a vital service for the millions of passengers who rely on a convenient and reliable service between London and the airport each year.

“A regular, turn-up-and-go service will not only encourage more passengers back onto trains and out of private cars to enable the most sustainable growth possible at the airport, and cement our position as the number one airport in the UK for public transport use by passengers, but it will also support our on-going work to attract more airlines looking to access the UK and London aviation market.

“This is really positive news for passengers, staff and local commuters, and we look forward to continuing our successful partnership with Greater Anglia to develop further timetable enhancements and service improvements.”