Abellio retains Stansted Express for the next nine years

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UK: The Department for Transport (DfT) has selected Abellio to run the next East Anglia rail franchise from 16th October 2016.

The new service for rail passengers across East Anglia promises to deliver more than 1,040 new state of the art carriages and cut journey times by an average of 10%.

It will also deliver one of the biggest orders for British-built trains – almost £1 billion for 660 carriages from the Bombardier factory in Derby – as part of a contract that will secure 1,000 jobs into the next decade.

The government has announced it has awarded the franchise to Abellio East Anglia, who will oversee this £1.4 billion investment to local rail services.

Dominic Booth, Managing Director of Abellio UK, said: “This is great news not only for Abellio but for the whole of East Anglia. We are pleased to become preferred bidder to deliver a transformation in rail services across the region. It will enable us to build on the successes of the two short East Anglian franchises we have run since 2012, and we commend the DfT on running a transparent and rigorous procurement process.

Our plans will greatly improve our customers’ experience with faster and more reliable journeys on new trains with higher frequencies and reduced journey times, to support the socio-economic well-being of East Anglia, one of the country’s most successful and fastest growing areas.”

Stansted Express passengers will benefit from new trains with free Wi-Fi from February 2019 and an almost all hourly services between Norwich and Cambridge are to be extended to provide a direct service to and from Stansted Airport.

The new franchise will run from October 2016 until 2025.

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