New trains for new Abellio East Anglia franchise
Abellio retains control of the East Anglia rail franchise under a new nine year contract awarded by the DfT. The new franchise – which will continue to trade under the Abellio Greater Anglia name -starts on 16 October 2016 and runs to October 2025.
Over 1,000 new carriages will be delivered between 2019 and 2020: The lion’s share will go to Derby-based Bombardier to build 665 new ‘Aventra’ trains under a £900m deal agreed with rolling stock company Angel Trains. The other stock will be provided by the Swiss manufacturer Stadler . The new trains are electric, apart from some bi-mode (electro-diesel) units (details as below).
The DfT informed 21CR that Abellio is expected to pay a £3.7bn premia to the state over the franchise lifetime.
The new trains will mean that Abellio will increase seating capacity for Liverpool Street morning peak arrivals by 55% (from 58,000 to 91,000), and run 1,444 additional weekday services (13% more than currently).
Some trains will be accelerated to reach Norwich in 90 minutes, and Ipswich in 60 minutes (from Liverpool Street).
Abellio is a subsidiary of the Dutch state railways, Nederlandse Spoorwegen; the company also runs the ScotRail franchise and has a half stake in Merseyrail.
The fate of the rolling stock to be displaced is unknown at this stage.
|New rolling stock details|
|Type||Number of sets||Number of carriages||Allocation|
|Stadler ‘Flirt’ UK||10 x 12 EMU||120||Intercity|
|Stadler ‘Flirt’ UK||10 x 12 EMU||120||Stansted Airport|
|Bombardier ‘Aventra’||22 x 10 EMU||220||Suburban|
|Bombardier ‘Aventra’||89 x 5 EMU||445||Suburban|
|Stadler ‘Flirt’ UK||24 x 4 B-MU||96||Regional|
|Stadler ‘Flirt’ UK||14 x 3 B-MU||42||Regional|