Since February 2012, the East 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 present franchise is due to finish in 2025. Abellio also operates the ScotRail franchise as well as Merseyrail in a joint venture with Serco and West Midlands in a joint venture with JR East and Mitsui.
• 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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