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Abellio Greater Anglia
Abellio greater anglia logo.png
Ipswich depot - Greater Anglia 153335.jpg
Info
Franchise(s): Greater Anglia
5 February 2012 - 15 October 2016
Main region(s): East of England
Other region(s): Greater London
Stations called at: 168
Stations operated: 167
Parent company: Abellio
Web site: www.abelliogreateranglia.co.uk

Abellio Greater Anglia[1] 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.

History[edit]

In December 2003 the Strategic Rail Authority awarded the Greater Anglia Rail Franchise to National Express, with operations starting on 1 April 2004.[2][3] 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.[4][5]

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.[6] As a result, National Express East Anglia was granted an initial extension until October 2011, followed by another until February 2012.[7]

In March 2011 the Department for Transport announced that Abellio, Go-Ahead, and Stagecoach had been shortlisted to bid for the franchise.[8] 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.[9][10][11]

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.

In March 2013 the Secretary of State for Transport announced the franchise would again be extended until 15 October 2016.[12] From 2014, Greater Anglia was rebranded as Abellio Greater Anglia.

Improvements[edit]

A number of improvements are planned during the franchise period, including:[9]

  • 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.

Services[edit]

Off-peak weekday services are as follows:

Southend & Metro
Route Frequency Calling at
London Liverpool Street to Shenfield 6 trains per hour Stratford, Maryland, Forest Gate, Manor Park, Ilford, Seven Kings, Goodmayes, Chadwell Heath, Romford, Gidea Park, Harold Wood, Brentwood
Romford to Upminster 2 trains per hour Emerson Park
London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria 3 trains per hour Stratford, Romford (Hourly), Shenfield, Billericay, Wickford, Rayleigh, Hockley (Essex), Rochford, Southend Airport, Prittlewell
Wickford to Southminster 3 trains per 2 hours Battlesbridge, South Woodham Ferrers, North Fambridge, Althorne, Burnham-on-Crouch
Mainline
Route Frequency Calling at
London Liverpool Street to Norwich
Fast
1 train per hour Colchester, Manningtree, Ipswich, Diss
London Liverpool Street to Norwich
Semi-fast
1 train per hour Stratford, Chelmsford, Colchester, Manningtree, Ipswich, Stowmarket, Diss
London Liverpool Street to Ipswich 1 train per hour Stratford, Shenfield, Chelmsford, Hatfield Peverel, Witham, Kelvedon, Marks Tey, Colchester, Manningtree
London Liverpool Street to Clacton-on-Sea 1 train per hour Stratford, Shenfield, Ingatestone, Chelmsford, Witham, Colchester, Wivenhoe, Thorpe-le-Soken
London Liverpool Street to Colchester Town 1 train per hour Stratford, Romford, Shenfield, Chelmsford, Witham, Kelvedon, Marks Tey, Colchester
London Liverpool Street to Braintree 1 train per hour Stratford, Shenfield, Ingatestone, Chelmsford, Witham, White Notley, Cressing, Braintree Freeport
Marks Tey to Sudbury 1 train per hour Chappel & Wakes Colne, Bures
Colchester to Walton-on-the-Naze 1 train per hour Colchester Town, Hythe (Essex), Wivenhoe, Alresford (Essex), Great Bentley, Weeley, Thorpe-le-Soken, Kirby Cross, Frinton-on-Sea
Colchester to Colchester Town 1 train per hour No intermediate stops
Manningtree to Harwich Town 1 train per hour Mistley, Wrabness, Harwich International, Dovercourt
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Route Frequency Calling at
London Liverpool Street to Harwich International 4 trains per day Stratford, Chelmsford, Witham, Colchester, Manningtree
Ipswich to Harwich International 2 trains per day Extensions of trains from Cambridge or Lowestoft
Rural
Route Frequency Calling at
Ipswich to Felixstowe 1 train per hour Westerfield, Derby Road, Trimley
Ipswich to Lowestoft 1 train per hour Woodbridge, Melton, Wickham Market, Saxmundham, Darsham, Halesworth, Brampton (Suffolk) (on request), Beccles, Oulton Broad South
Ipswich to Cambridge 1 train per hour Needham Market, Stowmarket, Elmswell, Thurston, Bury St Edmunds, Kennett (two hourly), Newmarket (Suffolk), Dullingham (two hourly)
Ipswich to Peterborough 1 train per 2 hours Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Ely, Manea (on request), March, Whittlesea
Norwich to Lowestoft
Fast
1 train per 2 hours Oulton Broad North
Norwich to Lowestoft
Slow
1 train per 2 hours Brundall, Cantley, Reedham (Norfolk), Haddiscoe, Somerleyton, Oulton Broad North
Norwich to Great Yarmouth
via Acle
1 train per hour Brundall Gardens, Brundall, Lingwood, Acle
Norwich to Great Yarmouth
via Reedham
2 trains per day Brundall Gardens, Brundall, Cantley, Reedham (Norfolk), Berney Arms (on request)
Norwich to Sheringham 1 train per hour Salhouse (two hourly), Hoveton & Wroxham, Worstead (two hourly), North Walsham, Gunton (two hourly), Roughton Road (two hourly), Cromer, West Runton
Norwich to Cambridge 1 train per hour Wymondham, Attleborough, Thetford, Brandon, Ely
West Anglia
Route Frequency Calling at
London Liverpool Street to Chingford 4 trains per hour Bethnal Green, Hackney Downs, Clapton, St James Street, Walthamstow Central, Wood Street, Highams Park
London Liverpool Street to Enfield Town 2 trains per hour Bethnal Green, Cambridge Heath, London Fields, Hackney Downs, Rectory Road, Stoke Newington, Stamford Hill, Seven Sisters, Bruce Grove, White Hart Lane, Silver Street, Edmonton Green, Bush Hill Park
London Liverpool Street to Cheshunt
via Seven Sisters
2 trains per hour Bethnal Green, Cambridge Heath, London Fields, Hackney Downs, Rectory Road, Stoke Newington, Stamford Hill, Seven Sisters, Bruce Grove, White Hart Lane, Silver Street, Edmonton Green, Southbury, Turkey Street, Theobalds Grove
London Liverpool Street to Hertford East
via Tottenham Hale
2 trains per hour Bethnal Green, Tottenham Hale, Ponders End, Brimsdown, Enfield Lock, Waltham Cross, Cheshunt, Broxbourne, Rye House, St Margarets (Hertfordshire), Ware
London Liverpool Street to Cambridge
Semi-fast
1 train per hour Tottenham Hale, Cheshunt, Broxbourne, Harlow Town, Bishops Stortford, Audley End, Whittlesford Parkway
London Liverpool Street to Cambridge
Slow
1 train per hour Tottenham Hale, Cheshunt, Broxbourne, Roydon, Harlow Town, Harlow Mill, Sawbridgeworth, Bishops Stortford, Stansted Mountfitchet, Elsenham, Newport, Audley End, Great Chesterford, Whittlesford Parkway, Shelford
London Liverpool Street to King's Lynn 3 trains per day Tottenham Hale, Bishops Stortford, Audley End, Whittlesford Parkway, Cambridge, Waterbeach, Ely, Littleport, Downham Market, Watlington
Stratford to Bishops Stortford 2 trains per hour Tottenham Hale, Northumberland Park (hourly), Enfield Lock (hourly), Waltham Cross (hourly), Cheshunt, Broxbourne, Roydon (hourly), Harlow Town, Harlow Mill (hourly), Sawbridgeworth, Bishops Stortford
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Route Frequency Calling at
London Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport 4 trains per hour Tottenham Hale (pick up only), Harlow Town (2 trains per hour), Bishops Stortford (2 trains per hour), Stansted Mountfitchet (hourly)

Stansted Express[edit]

Abellio Stansted Express Logo

Abellio Greater Anglia operates the Stansted Express sub-branded airport rail link between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport.[13]

Dutchflyer[edit]

Dutchflyer Logo

Abellio Greater Anglia operates the Dutchflyer sub-branded boat train between London Liverpool Street and Harwich International.[14]

Performance[edit]

The latest punctuality statistics released by NR (Network Rail) for period 7 of 2013/2014 were 94.0% PPM (Public Performance Measure) down 1.0 percentage points on the same period last year and the MAA (Moving Annual Average) up to 12 October 2013 also fell slightly to 92.3%. In 2013, Abellio Greater Anglia was named train operator of the year.[15][16] However, a survey in February 2014 by the consumer group Which? found that customer satisfaction of Abellio Greater Anglia was at last place (out of 20 train operators) with a satisfaction percentage of 40%.[17]

Sanitation[edit]

In November 2013, an online petition was launched, with the aim to stop Greater Anglia trains from dumping raw sewage from the train toilets.[18] There have also been concerns with the 'sewage mist' from passing trains making Network Rail staff ill, and Greater Anglia is "working closely" with the government to introduce a fleet upgrade.[19]

Rolling Stock[edit]

Abellio 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, Class 360 and Class 379 electric multiple units from National Express East Anglia. Due to its short franchise term, Abellio Greater Anglia is not planning to introduce any new trains.[20]

Fleet[edit]

Class Image Cars per set Type Top speed Number Routes operated Built
mph km/h
Class 47 Stobart Pullman hauled by DRS 47712 photo 1.jpg N/A diesel locomotive 95 153 On loan from
Direct Rail
Services
Norwich - Great Yarmouth,
Norwich - Lowestoft
1962–1968
Class 90 Ipswich - Greater Anglia 90005 Abellio livery.jpg N/A electric locomotive 110 177 15 London - Norwich 1987–1990
Class 153 Super Sprinter 153306 at Ipswich.jpg 1 diesel multiple unit 75 121 5 Ipswich - Felixstowe,
Ipswich - Lowestoft,
Norwich - Great Yarmouth,
Norwich - Lowestoft
,
Norwich - Sheringham,
Sudbury - Marks Tey
1987–1988
Class 156 Super Sprinter Ipswich - Greater Anglia 156422 arriving from Lowestoft.jpg 2 diesel multiple unit 75 121 9 Ipswich - Lowestoft,
Norwich - Great Yarmouth,
Norwich - Lowestoft
,
Norwich - Sheringham,
Sudbury - Marks Tey
1987–1989
Class 158 Express Sprinter 158788 , Lower Pilsley.jpg 2 diesel multiple unit 90 145 On Loan from from
East Midlands
Trains
Norwich - Lowestoft 1989–1992
Class 170/2 Turbostar Greater Anglia train 170205 at Ipswich.jpg 2 or 3 diesel multiple unit 100 161 12 Ipswich - Cambridge,
Ipswich - Peterborough,
Ipswich - Lowestoft,
Norwich - Cambridge
1999–2002
Class 315 Bethnal Green railway station MMB 02 315828.jpg 4 electric multiple unit 75 121 61 London - Shenfield,
London - Southend Victoria,
London - Hertford East
London - Enfield Town,
London - Cheshunt,
London - Chingford
1980–1981
Class 317/5 NXEA 317506 Liverpool Street AB1.JPG 4 electric multiple unit 100 161 15 London - Cambridge,
London - Hertford East,
London - Chingford,
Stratford - Bishop Stortford,
Romford - Upminster
1981–1982
Class 317/6 Unit 317658 at Romford.jpg 4 electric multiple unit 100 161 24 London - Cambridge,
London - Hertford East,
London - Chingford,
Stratford - Bishop Stortford,
Romford - Upminster
1985–1987
Class 317/8 Bethnal Green railway station MMB 03 317883.jpg 4 electric multiple unit 100 161 12 London - Cambridge,
London - Hertford East,
London - Chingford,
Stratford - Bishop Stortford,
Romford - Upminster
1981–1982
Class 321 321440 Greater Anglia.JPG 4 electric multiple unit 100 161 94 London - Braintree,
London - Colchester Town,
London - Ipswich,
London - Norwich
,
London - Southend Victoria,
London - Clacton,
Colchester - Walton-on-Naze,
Colchester - Colchester Town
,
Manningtree - Harwich,
Wickford - Southminster,
Romford - Upminster
1988–1990
Class 360/1 Desiro 360 103 Straford(8090824383).jpg 4 electric multiple unit 100 161 21 London - Ipswich,
London - Colchester Town
,
London - Clacton,
Colchester - Colchester Town
,
Manningtree - Harwich
2002–2003
Class 379 Electrostar 379 011 Bethnal Green(8091060727).jpg 4 electric multiple unit 100 161 30 London - Stansted Airport
London - Cambridge
2010–2011
Mark 3 Carriage Greater Anglia Mk3 Rake at Ipswich.jpg N/A Passenger Carriage 125 201 121 London - Norwich
Norwich - Great Yarmouth,
Norwich - Lowestoft
1975–1988
Chelmsford - Greater Anglia 82127.JPG N/A Driving Van Trailer 110 177 15 London - Norwich
Norwich - Great Yarmouth,
Norwich - Lowestoft
1988

Livery[edit]

Abellio Greater Anglia 170273 in Anglia Railways livery heads northbound from Cambridge to Norwich

Abellio 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 using Greater Anglia logos, Although most trains are still carry the National Express livery. During late 2013 new Abellio Greater Anglia logos started to be applied to trains.

Diagrams[edit]

Class 170:

Greater Anglia class 170 turbostar in new livery.png

Class 315:

Greater Anglia class 315 in new livery.png

Class 321:

Class 321 in Greater Anglia livery.png

Class 360:

Greater Anglia class 360 Desiro in National Express ONE livery.png

Class 379:

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Gallery[edit]

Depots[edit]

Abellio Greater Anglia's fleet is maintained at Clacton-on-Sea, Ilford and Norwich Crown Point depots.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Abellio Greater Anglia Ltd 06428369". Companies House. 
  2. ^ "National Express Group Announced as Preferred Bidder for new Greater Anglia Franchise". Strategic Rail Authority. 22 December 2003. Archived from the original on 4 January 2004. 
  3. ^ "National Express wins rail franchise". The Daily Telegraph (London). 22 December 2003. 
  4. ^ "National Express loses East Anglia rail franchise". BBC News. 26 November 2009. 
  5. ^ Millward, David (26 November 2009). "National Express loses East Anglia franchise three years early". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  6. ^ "Rail Franchising". Department for Transport. 17 June 2010. 
  7. ^ Osborne, Alistair (15 September 2010). "National Express wins extension to East Anglia rail franchise". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  8. ^ "Shortlisted Bidders for Greater Anglia and Intercity West Coast Rail Franchises". Department for Transport. 24 March 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Better services for East Anglian passengers under new franchise" (Press release). Department for Transport. 20 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "Abellio awarded Greater Anglia franchise". Railway Gazette International (London). 20 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Abellio has been awarded the Greater Anglia Franchise" (Press release). Abellio. 20 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Railway plan puts new focus on passengers". Department for Transport. 26 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Stansted Express". Abellio Greater Anglia. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "Dutchflyer". Stena Line. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Rail performance results period 7". Network Rail. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  16. ^ "Greater Anglia named train operator of the year". Rail Business Awards. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  17. ^ "Best and worst UK train companies". Which?. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  18. ^ "Commuters demand end to raw toilet waste being dumped at Liverpool Street station". Metro (London). 18 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "Cambridge rail worker's health fears over excrement spray". BBC News. 18 December 2013. 
  20. ^ "Greater Anglia franchise agreement". Department for Transport. 1 November 2011. 

External links[edit]


Preceded by
National Express East Anglia
Greater Anglia franchise
Operator of Greater Anglia franchise
2012 - 2016
Incumbent