John Baron MP congratulates Abellio on successful franchise bid

August 18, 2016
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MP looks forward to new railway investment

John Baron MP has welcomed the news that Abellio has been named as the preferred bidder for the East Anglia Franchise until 2025. As part of the new contract, Abellio will be making significant investments into the railway service – these will include spending £1.5 billion on brand-new trains and £60 million on improving stations; providing 32,000 more standard class seats at peak times into London (a 55% increase) and free high-quality WIFI on all trains and at every station; and taking on 20 trainees every year, with a minimum of 30 apprenticeships by 2019.

John said,

“My congratulations go to Abellio for its successful bid. The length of the franchise will allow greater investment and will enable the company to introduce further improvements including new trains, greater capacity and facilities, and improved stations. All in all, commuters should benefit significantly.”

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