Abellio UK will operate the Greater Anglia franchise until 2025, providing train services to almost 200,000 passengers per day in the East Anglia region of the UK on intercity, commuter and rural networks, including services between Stansted Airport and London Liverpool Street. At the start of the year we divested 40% of the shares of Greater Anglia to Mitsui.
The franchise will be underpinned by a complete fleet replacement; the first new trains will be delivered in the third quarter of 2018 and all of the new trains will be in service by the end of 2020. These trains will be leased from the manufacturers; approx. 2/3 of the trains will be built by Bombardier in the UK and the remainder produced in Switzerland by Stadler. The contract sets out over 430 committed obligations which will deliver this transformation and include key infrastructure works (e.g. platform lengthening and depots and stabling works) to support the new train fleet, a new timetable and investments in stations and employees over the nine years of the franchise.