As he helped launch the new nine-year Anglia franchise at London Liverpool Street on October 17, Greater Anglia Managing Director Jamie Burles said there was a huge weight of responsibility to “get it right”.
Abellio won the long-term GA franchise in August. The deal includes £1.4 billion of new trains in a complete fleet replacement (RAIL 807), and the operator must pay £3.7bn in premium payments by the end of the franchise in 2025.
Burles was MD during the last Direct Award in Anglia, and told RAIL: “We literally couldn’t believe that the Department backed us.”
He paid tribute to the work carried out by local campaign groups, including the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, which Abellio supported: “We’ve played a significant role in promoting a long-term strategy. That approach provided a clear approach which has provided much of the planned transformation.”
- For much more on the franchise launch, read RAIL 812, published today (October 26).
- For an in-depth interview with Jamie Burles, read upcoming editions of RAIL.