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Greater Anglia History
Greater Anglia Background
In December 2003, the Strategic Rail Authority awarded the Greater Anglia franchise to National Express, which began operations on 1 April 2004, initially under the brand-name One. The franchise was to run until March 2011, with provision for a three-year extension if performance targets were met.
In November 2009, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced that National Express would not be granted the three-year extension even though it had met the performance criteria, because National Express East Coast had defaulted on the InterCity East Coast franchise.
Following a change of government as a result of the 2010 general election, the DfT announced in June 2010 that all refranchising would be put on hold while a process review was conducted. As a result, National Express East Anglia was granted an initial extension until October 2011, followed by another until February 2012.
In March 2011, the DfT announced that Abellio, Go-Ahead, and Stagecoach had been shortlisted to bid for the franchise. In October 2011, the new franchise was awarded to Abellio; accordingly, the services previously operated by National Express East Anglia were transferred to Greater Anglia on 5 February 2012.
The Greater Anglia franchise was originally to run until July 2014; the reason for awarding a short franchise at a time when the government was speaking of its desire for longer franchises was to allow the government to digest the recommendations of the McNulty Rail Value for Money study before letting a long-term franchise. In March 2013, the Secretary of State for Transport announced the franchise would again be extended until 15 October 2016. Greater Anglia was rebranded as Abellio Greater Anglia in December 2013.
Greater Anglia Overview
Greater Anglia Franchise(s): Greater Anglia
5 February 2012 – 15 October 2016
East Anglia
16 October 2016 – 20 September 2026
Greater Anglia Main Region(s): Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk & Suffolk
Greater Anglia Other Region(s): London & Hertfordshire
Greater Anglia Fleet Size:
133 Class 720 Aventra units (103 in service)
20 Class 745 FLIRT units
38 Class 755 FLIRT units
Greater Anglia Stations Called At: 150
Greater Anglia Stations Operated: 134
Greater Anglia Parent Company: Transport UK Group (60%)
Mitsui & Co (40%)
Greater Anglia Reporting Mark: LE
Greater Anglia Predecessor: National Express East Anglia
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