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Campaigners respond to East Anglia rail franchise announcement

10 August 2016

Campaign for Better Transport has responded to the announcement that the East Anglia rail franchise will be run by Abellio East Anglia from October 2016.

Lianna Etkind, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"We need to see full details of the new franchise but passengers will be encouraged by promised investment in new trains to tackle overcrowding and to speed up the more ponderous services like London to Ipswich and Norwich.

“It's also encouraging that from 2017 there will finally be tickets for part time commuters, who we hope will be able to enjoy the same discounts as those that work 5 days a week. 75 per cent of part time workers are women, and we want to see an end to discriminatory ticketing across the whole network, not just in this particular franchise.

“It's disappointing, however, that the franchise doesn't allow for new stations and lines to serve new developments and large places like Wisbech that are off the rail network. The area served by this franchise is seeing very high growth and a lot of development and we hope the operator will work with local authorities to fund rail expansion". 

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For further information please contact:

Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

  • Full details from the Department of Transport on the new East Anglia franchise can be read here
  • The new franchise will be run by Abellio East Anglia from October 2016 until 2025
  • Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929)

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