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Rail bidders shortlisted to run train services in East Anglia revealed

09:03 02 June 2015

A train on the Norwich to Cambridge line.

A train on the Norwich to Cambridge line.

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The train companies on the shortlist to run rail services in East Anglia have been announced today by the government.

Three companies are in the running for the next East Anglia rail franchise, having successfully passed the pre-qualification stage.

They will work with the government to develop their proposals before receiving the invitation to tender in August.

Bidders will be asked to show how they will improve the region’s railways, including providing reduced journey times to London, more reliable services, and better connections.

They will also be expected to show how they could achieve the recommendations of the Great Eastern Main Line Taskforce, which includes reducing London to Norwich journey times to 90 minutes.

The three shortlisted bidders are:

•Abellio East Anglia Limited (a joint venture between Abellio and Stagecoach)

•First East Anglia Limited

•National Express East Anglia Trains Limited

Rail minister Claire Perry said: “We have ambitious plans for East Anglia’s rail network, and the successful bidder will be central to making these plans a reality.

“We want to find a partner who will help us meet the increasing demand for transport in the region by providing faster, more reliable journeys and better connections across the region and beyond.

“We are investing record amounts in building a world-class railway as part of our long-term economic plan, and I am determined that passengers in East Anglia will benefit.”

The new operator is due to take over the franchise in October 2016. The East Anglia franchise, which is currently operated by Abellio Greater Anglia, carries 354,000 passengers a day on 5 routes across the region.

A public consultation on the future of rail services in East Anglia closed in March and the responses will be taken into account as the franchise proposals are developed further.

16 comments

  • Me and my dear old mum could do a better job at running the railways than any of those shortlisted bidders. Having said that, I'd rather see National Express or First get the contract over Abellio, who have been nothing short of an embarrassing disaster. Regards, Whiley.

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    Whiley Boy

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015

  • And to say that "BR was awful" is a bit of an insult to generations of railwaymen and women who did their best to provide a service in the face of complete indifference from successive governments.

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    marty r

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • And to say that BR was awful is a bit of an insult to generations of railwaymen and women who did their best to provide a service in the face of complete indifference from successive governments

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    marty r

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Why is it that the Dutch public sector operator, German public sector operator and French public sector operator can run our railways but our own public sector operator is not allowed to bid?

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    marty r

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Stagecoach ? Whoever let those err characters onto a list of bidders they could not organise a party in a brewery. O' I forgot the Tories well that is a surprise isn't it !

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    Jon Knight

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Good to know that we "expect" London in 90 minutes,but what are the penalties for failure. Should we be taking quotes from companies involved in recent unreliable services with old outdated carriages?

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    Union Jack

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Well I see that some of you have either not lived in Norfolk that long or else your memories are playing tricks with you.Under BR we did have a regular service between Norwich and Cambridge certainly up until the eraly 1980's.As for the argument that the branch lines are not important well the same might be said of the line to Norwich; that is until you want to travel there by train. Such short sightedness is what led to the Beeching Report and privatisation and we all know what a success they have been!

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    eagleye

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • No direct service to Cambridge under BR either. As much as im against Privatisation and the tories, British Rail was awful and bringing it back isn't going to make things better.

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    Mooseyt4

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • As for routing via Cambridge that is silly, most of the line is Diesel as it isn't electrified and not designed for a modern intercity route. Plus the distance is far greater. Liverpool St is the obvious route to invest in.

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    Mooseyt4

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Err, under British Rail we only had 1 train an hour to London not two. As for Yarmouth, Sheringham & Lowestoft these lines are not important and never will be!

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    Mooseyt4

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Bring Back British Rail.

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    arfur

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Let us hope that whoever gets this realises the importance of the lines from Yarmouth, Lowestoft and Sheringham and also what could be an excellent link to London via Cambridge. Norwich in 90 is not the only slogan that is important to rail travellers in NorfolkSuffolk.

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    jennifer jane

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • There was an interesting programme on BBC4 last night about British Rail. It didn't seem like the bad old days compared with our current situation...

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    tigger449

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • An embarrassment of riches, this is not! National Express we have seen before and that was quite enough. Terrible experience. First have a terrible reputation in the South West and failed to get the East Coast. They also failed to renew the Sleeper service to Scotland. Abellio is our only hope. We're doomed...

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    a fine city

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Firstly, I think First should be avoided at all costs. They can't run the buses, let alone the trains!! Secondly, Why are National Express bidding for it? They had it taken away from them previously, so they shouldn't even be given the chance!

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    Jon Watson

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • Is that run....or ruin?

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    Resident Smith

    Tuesday, June 2, 2015

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