Great Eastern Rail Campaign

East Anglia needs a high-quality, world-class rail service commuters and businesses in the region deserve – that is why New Anglia LEP launched the Great Eastern Rail Campaign.

The Campaign was launched in 2014. In autumn 2016, a new £1.4billion franchise was awarded to Abellio to run train services in our area.

The Department for Transport has awarded the company a nine-year contract to deliver transformational change for the region’s train users, including:

  • More than 1,040 new state of the art carriages by 2020 and journey times cut by 10%.
  • At least four 90-minute services between London and Norwich each weekday and two 60-minute services per day between London and Ipswich
  • 32,000 more seats by 2021 and free Wi-Fi for all passengers
  • £1 billion contract for UK train manufacturer Bombardier to supply new trains


Great Eastern Mainline Taskforce

The Taskforce meets every two months and is chaired by Priti Patel MP. Government and industry experts from the Department for Transport and Network Rail also support the Taskforce. You can read the Taskforce’s Terms of Reference here.

Read the Rail Prospectus for East Anglia which sets out the priorities for the region’s railway system.

To find out more about the Great Eastern Rail Campaign or Taskforce, contact Marie Finbow at You can find the contact details for all of our executive team here.