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Stagecoach pulls out of bid with Greater Anglia to run East Anglia’s rail network

PUBLISHED: 13:04 09 December 2015 | UPDATED: 14:18 09 December 2015

Stagecoach has pulled out of the race to run trains in East Anglia. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Stagecoach has pulled out of the race to run trains in East Anglia. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2015

One of the transport giants hoping to run trains in East Anglia has pulled out of its joint venture after disagreements over parts of the bid.

Private companies are currently drawing up proposals to run the train services from 2016, including mainline services between Norwich and London and branch lines in the region.

The government deadline for submitting bids is next Thursday [17th].

The new contract has been hailed by campaigners who claim it is key to their campaign and will pave the way for new trains.

The Government announced in June that there were three bidders on its shortlist, including a joint venture between Dutch-owned Abellio Greater Anglia and Scottish giant Stagecoach.

First East Anglia Limited and National Express East Anglia Trains Limited are also poised to submit bids to run the services.

But Abellio Greater Anglia is understood to be planning to continue with the bid without the equity partner after it emerged today that Stagecoach was going to pull out of the process.

A Stagecoach Group spokesman said: “We have been unable to reach an agreement with Abellio on elements of the proposed bid.

“As a result of that, and taking account of the other rail bidding opportunities that we anticipate over the next two years, we have decided not to proceed with an equity participation in the bid for the new East Anglia franchise.

“We have confirmed to Abellio our commitment to provide support and advice to the franchise if Abellio’s bid is successful.”

Norwich MP Chloe Smith, who is co-chairman of the Great Eastern Main Line taskforce, said: “It is surprising at this late stage, but the taskforce’s priorities are unchanged. We expect bidders to respond to our high demands for the best for East Anglian passengers.”

Mark Pendlington, the other co-chairman of the campaign, said: “It is good to know that we still have three bidders in the process and our expectations are as high as ever for them to deliver the improvements we have campaigned so hard for.”

10 comments

  • The letting of Franchises for provision of rail services is a fiasco and an expensive one for the taxpayer, too expensive to bare in fact. None of the current bidders have so far provided a reasonable service in any part of the UK. The only thing that gets done is the signing of fat cheques to the lucky winners for doing so little for so long. Our MP's need to wake up to this colossal cost the taxpayer is liable for.

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    Rob44

    Monday, December 14, 2015

  • Great shame that Stagecoach have withdrawn. Bearing in mind we pay the most expensive rail fares in Europe in our region for the worst, least reliable services, with most delays and cancellations Stagecoaches might have been the answer. Couldn't be much worse than the totally unreliable rail services, at least they are not affected by points failures, leaves , electrical faults ......etc.

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    Grey Fox

    Thursday, December 10, 2015

  • As far as business is concerned targets are a way of life and they have to be realistic and acheiveable ... And strictly maintained when giving a service to thousands of people ... When failures happen to deliver the said service from A to B solely by rail .. Compensation to passengers must be paid if alternative transport is forced to be used during the journey.. .. How can health and safety be totally ignored with daily overcrowded trains .. Our train network in the UK can be poor to diabolical and shameful.. .. Like our crowded roads and crowded rail system... Nobody appears to except that the amount of people using the roads or trains exceeds the ability at times to use in comfort .. Instead it is full of stress .. The London tube system is another mass overcrowding disaster at certain times of the day.. .. The size of the UK population must now be a concern in creating these travel problems... Sadly the reality is for the future is, that things are going to get worse as the population increases.. That's seems Basic logic really.. There is a limit for everything in life... Go beyond any given limit then something andor someone has to suffer ... As a result

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    Lionel

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015

  • This is actually quite worrying in my viewpoint as stagecoach were providing the procurement support for the new trains to Abellio since they did not feel confident. This now weakens their bid and why National Express are shortlisted having handed 2 franchises (including Greater Anglia) then I have no idea. Realistically this leaves one suitable bidder who have enjoyed no end of good publicity !!!! All in all a shambles and it should be taken back in house like the East Coast line was until a suitable bidder comes forward with a sensible proposal (rather than watered down version). Considering the amount this region puts into Network Rail's pot it's disgusting how little investment there is in the line and I can't see any bidder signing up to a 10 year(?) franchise and commiting to the current wish list as it's just all aspirational targets with no long term incentive for the franchise holder. Branson had the right idea with the West Coast upgrade and surely this type of joint enterprise contract now needs to be looked at.........but that would be far too sensible.

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    Iain

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015

  • At least passengers this side of the border will no longer make an indirect donation to the SNP via Stagecoach boss Brian Souter,one of the SNP's biggest donors.Donations will however continue to the Dutch government via Abelio.Any old government can profit from running our railways,apart from our own.

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    Peter Watson

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015

  • Yes, agree with Lionel that this region has been vastly underfunded by successive political regimes. I do feel for the staff though - most of whom are complete sweeties and as helpful as can be.

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    powelld123

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015

  • So one less competitor, meaning that the remaining bidders can call the shots or at least water-down the government's 'demands'. Ah, the wonders of privatisation!

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    One Horse Town

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015

  • Given that Stagecoach has a long record in its native Scotland of running down railway services so it can force passengers onto it's much cheaper-to-run bus services, I for one am certainly not sorry to hear they've pulled out.

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    beerlover

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015

  • Stagecoach currently run East Midland Trains so it's probably no loss to them running the Liverpool trains in and out of Norwich while they retain their biggest asset, the Midland Main line which is due for an upgrade in the near future.

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    Andrew Berry

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015

  • Why is it not surprising Stagecoach has pulled out .. I am surprised anyone is interested in the first place... The sercvice is a nightmare of constant weekly problems .. Never has one train service caused so much agrovation to so many over so long a period of years .. Refunds and bad service is like a ball and chain around the current opperator ... How some someone can run a service so bad for so long... Just defies logic... Probably the worst line in the UK just how many burses and coaches have be used in broken journies the past few years ... No so much a service at times but and endurance for the customer passengers ... I wonder how much the execs are paid for so much failure.. Of efficient service.. SHAME DOES NOT COME NEAR FOR THIS SERVICE...

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    Lionel

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015

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