Since February 2012, the Greater Anglia franchise has been operated by Abellio, the international arm of Nederlandse Spoorwegen, the national state-owned rail operator in the Netherlands. The franchise includes a majority of train services running to and from London Liverpool Street. The franchise was originally intended to end in July 2014; however, owing to the Department for Transport’s refranchising debacle, Abellio was directly awarded an extension. The franchise is now due to conclude in October 2016, when it is intended that a new East Anglia franchise will replace it. Abellio also operates the ScotRail franchise as well as Merseyrail in a joint venture with Serco.
• Do you use the Abellio Greater Anglia service regularly?
• Do you believe it should be returned to public hands as part of a re-unified national rail network run for people not profit?
• Then, why not start a campaign building up to the franchise end?
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