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Crossrail operator confirmed as Hong Kong company MTR

16:09 30 July 2014

The new Crossrail trains will be rolled out in 2017. Picture: TfL

The new Crossrail trains will be rolled out in 2017. Picture: TfL

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Transport operator MTR has signed a contract to run trains through Newham from next year.

The Hong Kong-based company, which also help to operate London Overground, have agreed a £1.4 billion contract to operate Crossrail services for eight years.

They will take over the Liverpool Street to Shenfield service, currently operated by Abellio Greater Anglia, on May 31, 2015.

Managing director of London Underground and London Rail, Mike Brown, said: “The appointment of MTR brings Crossrail services another step forward.

“They will be operating London’s newest rail line which will help cut journey times, make it easier for people travelling across the city and create jobs and support growth and regeneration along the route.

“We will be looking to MTR to operate reliable and efficient Crossrail train services from day one.”

MTR is expected to provide jobs and apprenticeships for around 1,100 people from communities along the Crossrail route, which runs from Shenfield and Abbey Wood through to Reading and Heathrow.

Although it is taking over the Liverpool Street to Shenfield line next year, MTR will continue to use the current trains until 2017.

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