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5 Feb 2012 - 15 Oct 2016
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Greater Anglia is a British train operating company owned by Abellio operating the Greater Anglia Rail Franchise. It provides local, suburban and express services from London Liverpool Street station to destinations in Essex, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk in the East of England.
In December 2003 the Strategic Rail Authority awarded the Greater Anglia Rail Franchise to National Express, with operations starting on 1 April 2004. The franchise was to run until March 2011, with provision for a three-year extension if performance targets were met.
In November 2009 the Department for Transport announced that National Express would not be granted the three-year extension for which it had met the criteria, because it had defaulted on the National Express East Coast franchise.
Following a change of government at the 2010 General Election, the Department for Transport announced in June 2010 that all refranchising would be put on hold while a review was conducted into the franchising process. As a result, National Express East Anglia was granted an initial extension until October 2011, followed by another until February 2012.
In March 2011 the Department for Transport announced that Abellio, Go-Ahead, and Stagecoach had been shortlisted to bid for the franchise. In October 2011 it awarded the new franchise to Abellio, the services operated by National Express East Anglia transferring to Greater Anglia on 5 February 2012.
The franchise was originally to run until July 2014. The reason for awarding a short franchise, at the same time as the government was speaking of a desire to move to longer franchises, was to allow the government to digest the recommendations of the McNulty Rail Value for Money study before letting a long-term franchise.
A number of improvements are planned during the franchise period, including:
- Improved station and ticket facilities and better information for passengers;
- A text messaging service to keep passengers informed of any disruptions;
- Extending Oyster card pay-as-you-go capabilities between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield and Hertford East;
- Mobile-phone and print-at-home ticketing facilities;
- 600 extra carpark spaces at stations;
- Additional bicycle storage facilities;
- New automatic ticket barriers at Brentwood and Chadwell Heath before the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Greater Anglia operates services previously run by National Express East Anglia. Off-peak weekday services are as follows:
Stansted Express 
The latest punctuality statistics released by NR (Network Rail) for period 1 of 2013/2014 were 94.1% PPM (Public Performance Measure) up 1.8 percentage points on the same period last year and the MAA (Moving Annual Average) up to 27 April 2013 stood at 92.4%. In 2013, Greater Anglia was named train operator of the year.
Rolling Stock 
Greater Anglia inherited a fleet of Class 90, Mark 3 carriages, Driving Van Trailers, Class 153, Class 156 and Class 170 diesel multiple units, and Class 315, Class 317, Class 321 and Class 360 electric multiple units from National Express East Anglia. Greater Anglia is not planning to introduce any new trains.
Greater Anglia has continued to repaint rolling stock in the same base white livery as National Express East Anglia used, but with red doors instead of blue.
See also 
- National Express East Anglia
- Rail transport in Great Britain
- List of companies operating trains in the United Kingdom
- Companies House extract company no 6428369 Abellio Greater Anglia Limited
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