This franchise was to be a short contract following the termination of the National Express East Anglia franchise earlier than had been expected.
Greater Anglia was intended to be a holding franchise, covering a period in which a number of other franchises were to come up for renewal.
As first planned, the franchise would have run for just 17 months, but the proposed contract period had already been extended to 19 July 2014 before Abellio was announced as the winner on 20 October 2011.
5 February 2012
19 July 2014
Abellio Transport Holding BV
Abellio Greater Anglia Ltd
Long distance services: London Liverpool Street-Norwich Commuter services: London Liverpool Street-Southend Victoria/Clacton-on-Sea/Walton-on-the-Naze/Southminster/Chingford/Hertford East/Enfield Town/King's Lynn. Regional and local services: London Liverpool Street-Stansted Airport; Norwich-Sheringham/Great Yarmouth/Lowestoft/Cambridge/Peterborough; Ipswich-Harwich Town/Felixstowe/Cambridge/Peterborough/Lowestoft; Marks Tey-Sudbury; Witham-Braintree
National Express East Anglia ('One' railway)
was replaced by
Abellio Greater Anglia