** On 23 March 2020, as a result of the Coronavirus Outbreak, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps utilised Section 118 of the Railways Act 1993 to suspend all current franchise agreements with private Train Operating Companies and replace them with new Emergency Measures Agreements (EMAs), which will run for six months.
These EMAs apply to all franchises currently let by the Department for Transport, except for LNER and Northern, which are already in public ownership.
EMAs do not apply to:
• the ScotRail or the Caledonian Sleeper franchises let by the Scottish Government,
• the Transport for Wales Rail franchise let by the Welsh Government,
• the TfL Rail or London Overground contracts let by Transport for London, or
• the Merseyrail contract let by Merseytravel **
Read on for the original Franchise information…
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 East Midlands Railway and ScotRail franchises 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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