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24.08.16

Abellio confirmed as East Anglia operator

It was officially confirmed today that Abellio will continue to operate the East Anglia franchise until 2025.

The DfT formally announced today that it is awarding the franchise to Abellio, the current operator, following the ‘standstill’ period.

Abellio was named as the preferred bidder for the contract on 10 August, beating bids from FirstGroup and National Express.

Dominic Booth, managing Director for Abellio UK, said: “This is a very exciting time for the railways across the Greater Anglia region.  We are delighted to be able to build on the hard work of all our colleagues at Abellio Greater Anglia over the past four years. This announcement will now enable us to deliver the world-class rail network that the region deserves.

“Our ambitious plans, that include the replacement of the entire Greater Anglia fleet in the largest privately-funded train order in the UK, will give the people of the Greater Anglia region a railway that is unrecognisable from today.”

As part of the contract, Abellio has promised to replace the entire fleet of trains. Of the 1,043 new Bombardier carriages, 660 will be built in Derby, with the rest built in Switzerland by Stadler. They will be in operation by 2020.

Abellio will also provide more frequent services, including hourly services from Peterborough to Ipswich, with the journey time falling from 73 to 64 minutes.

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Andrew Gwilt   24/08/2016 at 20:41

So it has been announced today instead of its to be announced in October. So Abellio Greater Anglia is now to become Abellio East Anglia. With their website (www.abelliogreateranglia.co.uk) will be changed to www.abellioeastanglia.co.uk plus new trains are to be ordered from next year & 2018-onwards.

Lutz   25/08/2016 at 00:21

A very commendable decision to replace the entire fleet; boldness in the face of all that come along. I do hope that their numbers are realistic and that they do not fall victim to hubris.

Andrew Gwilt   27/08/2016 at 23:07

Stadler is to build the new hybrid (bi-mode) trains aswell electric multiple unit trains that would be 3-car & 4-car trains and possibly 5-car trains and Bombardier to build their own new Aventra electric multiple unit trains which too could be 3-car & 4-car trains and possibly 5-car trains. Cant wait to see new trains to be in service to replace the current rolling stocks that are 30+ years old since the current Class 90 Mk3 Intercity rolling stocks, Class 321's & Class 317's EMU & Class 153's & Class 156's DMU trains that were built by BREL are starting to show their age but are still reliable and maintainable despite breaking down most of the time.

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