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Greater Anglia franchise ‘could be split in two’

The Department for Transport is considering splitting the franchise covering East Anglia in two when it is awarded in 2016, it has been reported.

The East Anglian Daily Times said one franchise would be responsible for main line InterCity services from London to Norwich and Ipswich, plus regional services around Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

A separate franchise would handle outer suburban trains to Ipswich and Cambridge, and services to Southend, Clacton, Walton, and Harwich. The split would resemble the situation that existed pre-2004, with Anglia Railways and First Great Eastern.

The metro services from London to Shenfield are being absorbed into Crossrail, while inner suburban services on the Cambridge line are becoming part of London Overground.

The paper reported the split is “being discussed by ministers” who believe two smaller franchises could be more responsive to public demand than one big franchise, but is not yet policy.

Greater Anglia is not commenting on the speculation.

(Great Eastern Main Line image copyright Nico Hogg)

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Andrew Gwilt   12/07/2013 at 15:14

So TFL are to operate the West Anglia Metro (London Overground) service whilst Crossrail in 2018 have stations from Stratford to Shenfield and the rest outside of East London is to be split and Romford-Upminster line could be operated by c2c. So the West Anglia Main Line to Cambridge could be operated by First Capital Connect or still Greater Anglia and the Great Eastern Main Line to Norwich, Colchester, Ipswich, Clacton, Southend, Braintree, Witham, Chelmsford and Harwich may be operated by East Anglia Trains or Essex Commuter Trains which wont operate trains away from Essex or Greater Anglia still operate the GEML. Its best to keep Greater Anglia operating those services to Essex, Norwich and Ipswich if First Capital Connect takes over the Cambridge line from Liverpool St.

Mark Turville   12/07/2013 at 18:30

Common sense at last! Since combining the various Anglia region districts into one, the service has steadily declined, a process accelerated by the Dutch these past 16 months. When Anglia and Great Eastern competed on the mainline, the offering was altogether better. This part of the system suffers not just from poor Franchise Management but also being treated as a backwater. Lets hope this improves that situation. Whatever please change the current numbskulls!

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