Greater Anglia will continue to operate north Essex’s mainline trains until October 2016.
As part of a new contract agreed with the Department for Transport, the train operator has agreed to invest £20million in service improvements.
They will include:
• Power points, new carpets, new seat covers, better lighting and upgraded toilets on intercity services
• An enhanced Sunday service on the Marks Tey to Sudbury line
• More standard seats on weekday services Dutch company
Abellio was originally awarded the Greater Anglia franchise by the Government until July 2014, but its short-term agreement has now been extended.
Abellio Greater Anglia managing director Jamie Burles said: "We are passionate about further increasing performance and customer service standards, to deliver a better service on a more consistent basis.
"This agreement enables us to maintain the positive momentum we have generated over the last two years."