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Friday 04 May, 2001

GB Railways Grp PLC

European Award

GB Railways Group PLC
4 May 2001



4 May 2001


  GB RAILWAYS SUBSIDIARY WINS EUROPEAN TRAIN OPERATOR OF THE YEAR 2000 AWARD

  * Anglia Railways named European Train Operator of the Year 2000
  * Third award in three months for Anglia Railways
  * Major new grant from SRA won to develop direct Norwich to Cambridge
    service

GB Railways Group plc today announces that its subsidiary company, Anglia
Railways, has won the prestigious European Train Operator of the Year 2000
Award. The award, to be made by the Institute of Transport Management on 9th
May, completes a hat trick of high profile awards made to the Group's regional
train operator over the past three months. In February Anglia Railways won the
UK Train Operator of the Year 2000 Award at the HSBC Rail Business Awards. In
March the company received a runners-up award in the Customer Service award
category at the Railway Innovation Awards

Now, the train operator has overcome competition from Deutsche Bahn (German
Railways) and other UK operators to win the European Train Operator of the
Year 2000 Award.

GB Railways was also informed this week that Anglia will receive £9m from the
Strategic Rail Authority (SRA), the largest ever rail passenger partnership
grant, to start a new, direct hourly Norwich to Cambridge service from October
2002. This news follows a grant earlier this year to run other additional
services in East Anglia, including improvements to the Ipswich to Cambridge
and Ipswich to Peterborough services, and a winter Sunday service on the
Felixstowe line. The Norwich to Cambridge scheme was developed with the
support of the East West Rail Consortium, and is seen as the first firm step
towards creating a new passenger and freight route from East Anglia to Oxford.



Commenting on the award for Anglia Railways, Jeremy Long, Chief Executive for
GB Railways Group plc said:

'I'm delighted that our subsidiary company Anglia Railways has been recognised
for its consistent approach to improving customer services and delivering
higher standards of performance, new trains and more services. The award adds
to the excellent track record that GB Railways Group has achieved in the rail
industry.

'Clearly the period since the Hatfield accident has been a difficult time for
both staff and customers. In the week that has seen the reintroduction of
Anglia Railways' normal operating timetable, this award is a timely and
perfect endorsement of our commitment to developing rail services for
passengers in East Anglia.'



Enquiries

GB Railways Group plc                              020 7983 5103

Jeremy Long, Chief Executive



Anglia Railways Press Office                       01473 693929

Peter Meades/Jonathan Denby



Bell Pottinger Financial                           020 7353 9203

John Coles/Rebecca Fox



Notes to Editors


  * GB Railways Group plc is recognized within the rail industry for its
    approach to continuous improvement in customer service, delivering higher
    standards of performance, new trains and more services, through an
    innovative and committed strategy of service development.

  * Key successes include:


        -     the highest percentage growth in passenger revenue of any TOC
        since privatization, almost 50%, while actually reducing average fares
        in real terms

        -     the launch of the pioneering London Crosslink service linking
        East Anglia directly with Surrey and Hampshire. This 'rail M25' allows
        travel around London without the need to use the tube to cross central
        London or change trains

        -     the planning and launch of sister company Hull Trains in
        September 2000, which now runs direct services between London Kings
        Cross and Grantham, Doncaster, Selby, Brough and Hull

        -     the launch, in April 2001, of GB Railfreight, making GB Railways
        the only combined passenger and rail freight operator in the UK

        -     the launch in March 2001 of East West Rail, a public private
        partnership with a consortium of more than 30 local authorities and
        other stakeholders, to develop a £250m rail link between East Anglia
        and Oxford. This is likely to be the first wholly new railway scheme
        developed since establishment of the Strategic Rail Authority.




                                                                                
                                                          

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