Process starts to find a new train operator for East Anglia

First steps to decide who will run  trains through Bury St Edmunds from October 2016
First steps to decide who will run trains through Bury St Edmunds from October 2016
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The Department for Transport today launched the competition it says will get the ‘best deal’ for East Anglia’s rail passengers.

The publication today of procurement documents by the DfT marks the first step in the search for an operator to run rail services in the region.

The East Anglia rail franchise outlines what potential bidders will need to consider when they start developing their detailed bids later in the year. These include shorter journey times, a service that meets the needs of commuters and leisure passengers, easier connections with London and local transport networks, investment in stations and better reliability and customer service.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:“East Anglia has a thriving economy and I want it to be served by the best train services possible. Giving the region train services fit for the 21st century is vital to connecting people with jobs and businesses with customers. Good transport is central to our long-term economic plan.”

Companies interested in running the franchise will be shortlisted following a pre-qualification stage. They will then be invited to submit detailed proposals later in the year. The next operator will take over the franchise in October 2016.

The current East Anglia franchise is operated by Abellio Greater Anglia on a two-year contract awarded on February 5, 2012 and extended last year until October 16, 2016.

The procurement documents are available at www.gov.uk