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The Department for Transport has decided to abandon the franchising system in England.

The franchise on this page ceased to exist on normal commercial terms on 23 March 2020, and was replaced by an Emergency Measures Agreement, which guaranteed an income to operators and removed commercial risk.

From 20 September 2020 until some time in 2022 Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements (ERMAs) replaced the original EMAs, slightly reducing the fixed fees paid to operators but otherwise continuing the protection from commercial risk.

Replacement contracts of a new type may be announced later on.

(In the case of Scottish franchises, the Scottish Government announced on 18 September an extension of its EMAs from 20 September 2020 to January 2021, pending further discussions.)

Greater Anglia
East Anglia

Succeeded Abellio Greater Anglia and was briefly known during the mobilisation period as Abellio East Anglia. The termination date may be extended by up to 13 reporting periods (52 weeks) at the discretion of the Secretary of State.

The shortlisted bidders (17 September 2015) were Abellio (in a 60:40 joint venture with Stagecoach Group), FirstGroup and National Express.

Stagecoach announced that it was wthdrawing from the competition on 9 December 2015.

The award was due to be made in June 2016, but the announcement that Abellio was preferred bidder was delayed until 10 August 2016 and confirmed (with additional detail) on 24 August 2016.

The contract includes a fleet of Aventra trains to be built by Bombardier in Derby (660 vehicles) and others by Stadler (383 vehicles). The new trains are to be delivered between January 2019 and September 2020, replacing all current East Anglia rolling stock. In January 2017 Abellio said it was selling 40% of the Greater Anglia franchise to Mitsui, and completion of the transfer was announced on 21 March 2017.

start date
16 October 2016
end date
October 2025

owned by

legal title
Abellio East Anglia Limited

service area
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/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

Abellio Greater Anglia

to be replaced by
East Anglia


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