First Great Eastern
5 January 1997 - 31 March 2004
|Main region(s):||London, East of England|
|Stations called at:||61|
|National Rail abbreviation:||GE|
First Great Eastern operated all stops and limited stops services on the Great Eastern Main Line from London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria, Southminster, Braintree, Colchester Town, Clacton-on-Sea, Walton-on-the-Naze, Harwich Town and Ipswich. It also ran services on the Romford to Upminster Line and Gainsborough Line from Marks Tey to Sudbury.
First Great Eastern inherited a fleet of Class 312, Class 315 and Class 321s from British Rail. A diesel multiple unit was hired from Anglia Railways for the Marks Tey to Sudbury service due to it not being electrified, a Class 150 being used on weekdays and a Class 153 on weekends. Prior to this arrangement, a Class 121 Bubble Car was hired from Silverlink.
First Great Eastern's fleet was maintained at Ilford depot.
In 2002, as part of a franchise reorganisation by the Strategic Rail Authority, it was announced that the Great Eastern franchise would be merged into the Greater Anglia Rail Franchise. In December 2003 the Strategic Rail Authority awarded the Greater Anglia Rail Franchise to National Express, and the services operated by First Great Eastern were transferred to One on 1 April 2004. The current operator of the Greater Anglia rail franchise is Greater Anglia.
- Companies House extract company no 3007936 Great Eastern Railway Limited
- First Great Eastern route map August 2003
- Rail Magazine Issue 468 20 August 2003 Page 9
- Rail Magazine Issue 426 9 Jan 2002 Page 4
- "National Express wins rail franchise". The Daily Telegraph (London). 22 December 2003.
- "Greater Anglia Website". Retrieved 6 January 2014.
As part of British Rail
|Operator of Great Eastern franchise
1997 - 2004
Greater Anglia franchise