New Essex Thameside franchise will deliver passenger benefits worth around £160 million.
The Department for Transport has confirmed it has officially signed the contract for the new Essex Thameside franchise with NXET Trains Limited.
The 15-year contract will allow the company, trading as c2c, to build on the impressive performance of the franchise and deliver a host of passenger benefits, worth around £160 million.
The franchise provides vital commuter services to passengers travelling between London and the commuter hubs of Barking, Basildon, Southend and further afield.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:
“The Essex Thameside franchise provides a vital service for tens of millions of passengers every year and with this deal we have ensured that they are going to see real improvements. New trains, thousands more seats, free wi-fi and millions invested in stations are just some of the benefits that commuters can look forward to.
It’s further proof that our franchising programme is back on track, playing a key role in a long-term economic plan that is driving forward our economy and benefitting hard-working people.”