Shortlist Revealed For Next East Anglian Rail Franchise

2 June 2015, 11:50 | Updated: 2 June 2015, 12:01

It has been announced three train companies have been shortlisted to take over the next East Anglian rail franchise.

The current franchise, held by Abellio Greater Anglia, is due to expire next year with the new one starting in October 2016.

The shortlisted bidders are:
Abellio East Anglia Limited (a joint venture between Abellio and Stagecoach)
First East Anglia Limited
National Express East Anglia Trains Limited

The three bidders will be asked how they will improve the region's railways, including reducing journey times to London as well as providing more reliable services and better connections.

They will also be asked 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.

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."