Anglia franchise ‘pointless’ says ASLEF

20 October 2011

The main Dutch rail company NV Nederlandse Spoorwegen, through its subsidiary Abellio, is to run the Greater Anglia franchise from February 2012 until July 2014. It will replace National Express East Anglia in Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. It already runs Merseyrail and Northern.

Keith Norman said the whole exercise has been a pointless and expensive exercise. ‘The franchise bidding process cost millions of pounds that could have been used to improve rail instead of seeping out to consultants and accountants. Yet this franchise will only last 30 months!

‘Instead of lecturing working people about ‘austerity’, the government could have saved us all money by taking the franchise back into public hands.’

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