5 January 1997 - 31 March 2004
|Main route(s):||Great Eastern Main Line|
Norwich-Great Yarmouth / Lowestoft
Norwich-Ely / Cambridge
Ipswich-Ely / Cambridge
Manningtree-Harwich (Boat Trains)
|Stations called at:||64|
|National Rail abbreviation:||AR|
|Parent company:||GB Railways|
Anglia Railways operated InterCity services on the Great Eastern Main Line from London Liverpool Street to Harwich International and Norwich. It also operated regional services between Ipswich & Felixstowe, Ipswich & Lowestoft, Ipswich & Ely, Harwich International / Ipswich & Cambridge, Ely & Peterborough, Norwich & Ely, Norwich & Sheringham, Norwich & Great Yarmouth and Norwich & Lowestoft.
A franchise commitment was to increase the hourly London Liverpool Street and Norwich services to half hourly. The half hourly service was introduced in 2000 with some extended to Sheringham, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. Due to the new stock for these running late, Class 317s were used for a time.
With funding from the Strategic Rail Authority's Rail Partnership Funding, Anglia introduced a new experimental service from the Great Eastern Main Line via the North London Line to Basingstoke branded London Crosslink. It operated from 22 May 2000 until ceasing on 28 September 2002 due to poor loadings.
To meet a franchise commitment to operate two services per hour between London Liverpool Street and Norwich, Anglia Railways eight three-carriage Class 170s were delivered in 2000. A further four two-carriage Class 170s were delivered in 2002.
The three-carriage Class 170s were used on new services from London Liverpool Street to Sheringham, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, on London Crosslink services as well as being hired to GB Railways' Hull Trains operation to work London King's Cross to Hull services. The two-carriage examples were principally used on the new Norwich to Cambridge services.
In July 2002 Anglia hired a Class 90 from Freightliner for a few months with a view to replacing the Class 86s. In October 2003 Anglia hired three Class 90s from EWS until the end of the franchise.
|Class 47||Diesel locomotive||100||160||Hired from
|Class 86||Electric locomotive||100||160||15||1965-1966|
|Class 150/2 Sprinter||Diesel multiple unit||75||120||10||1984–1987|
|Class 153 Super Sprinter||Diesel multiple unit||75||120||7||1987–1988|
|Class 170/2 Turbostar||Diesel multiple unit||100||160||12||1999–2002|
|Mark 2 carriage||Passenger carriage||100||160||115||1964–1975|
|Driving Brake Standard Open||100||160||13||1979–1986|
Anglia Railway's fleet was maintained at Norwich Crown Point depot.
In 2002 as part of a franchise reorganisation by the Strategic Rail Authority, it was announced that the Anglia Railways franchise would be merged into the Greater Anglia Rail Franchise. Having missed out on pre-qualifying for the Greater Anglia franchise, First purchased GB Railways in August 2003. In December 2003 the Strategic Rail Authority awarded the Greater Anglia franchise to National Express with the services operated by Anglia Railways transferring to One on 1 April 2004.
The decision to transfer the franchise to National Express was controversial, since Anglia was twice awarded [Train Operator of the Year]] and also European Train Operator of Year 2000. National Express later lost the franchise following it defaulting on the National Express East Coast franchise.
- Companies House extract company no 3006570 Anglia Railways Train Services Limited
- Anglia Railways route map December 2003 Anglia Railways
- "Farewell Crosslink: Seven passengers was not enough" Rail Magazine Issue 446 16 Oct 2002 page 18
- Rail Strategy Cambridgeshire Council
- "47714 returns to the main line with Anglia" Rail Magazine Issue 438 26 June 2002 page 58
- "Anglia could take Class 90s to replace 86/2s" Rail Magazine Issue 441 7 August 2002 page 54
- "EWS starts Anglia Class 90 hire" Rail Magazine Issue 473 29 October 2003 page 74
- "SRA wants fewer London operators to improve capacity" Rail Magazine Issue 426 9 Jan 2002 page 4
- GB Rail Offer Unconditional FirstGroup plc corporate news 14 August 2003
- National Express wins rail franchise The Telegraph 22 December 2003
- Rail Professional, Ltd. "HSBC Rail Awards 2003 Review". Archived from the original on 2006-10-07. Retrieved 2006-11-06.
- Cambridge Network. "Top award for rail operator". Retrieved 2006-12-03.
- National Express loses East Anglia rail franchise BBC News 26 November 2009
- National Express loses East Anglia franchise three years early The Telegraph 26 November 2009
Media related to Anglia Railways at Wikimedia Commons
As part of British Rail
|Operator of Anglia franchise
1997 - 2004
Greater Anglia franchise