Tue Sep 2 2014


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High above the multi million-pound shopping centre that stands on the site of the former depot and works at Stratford, Jamie Burles oversees a franchise with a lot of potential, but one that currently enjoys little investment compared with others. He wants to change this.

Burles is managing director of Abellio Greater Anglia. He joined the train operating company (TOC) in April, having replaced the last long-term MD Ruud Haket, who moved to Keolis.

Burles has worked for Abellio before. He was also previously commercial director at Northern, and had been asked to work on various bids both internationally and domestically.

But this is a franchise in a state of flux. It was taken over by the Dutch company in February 2012 on a 29-month deal, ahead of a new long-term franchise that was due to start in 2014. But the fall-out from the West Coast franchise fiasco changed all that, and a new Short Term Award (STA) was introduced. This second, 23-month extension was duly awarded to Abellio, meaning a short-term deal was added to a short-term deal.

Sat in his office on the floor that AGA shares with Network Rail, while his trains run through the busy Stratford station below, Burles passionately puts the case across for his company.




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