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Fresh call for more investment on London-Norwich rail line

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A renewed call for more government investment in a faster, more reliable rail service on the London-Norwich Great Eastern Main Line has been made by MPs and business people from Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.

Giles Watling MP, chair of the Great Eastern Main Line Taskforce, met rail minister Chris Heaton-Harris last week to present a new Case for Investment in the Great Eastern Main Line. It calls for various key rail projects including: Bow junction remodelling and infrastructure work; improved signalling between Shenfield and Colchester and increased line speeds to give hourly 90-minute services between London and Norwich and faster journeys to Colchester and Ipswich. The report claims that the investments could generate up to £9.3bn in economic benefits, kick-start tens of thousands of jobs along the route and create more than 4,000 construction jobs on the projects.

Giles Watling said: “Forecasts for population and passenger demand clearly show the region is set for significant growth over the next decade, which will inevitably lead to more people using train services across our region. But the economy along the GEML is not performing as well as other areas within a similar distance to London. It is also not growing as fast as other areas and is continuing to fall further behind over time. These investments will play a key role in levelling up the infrastructure in our region and ensuring we can compete with other parts of the UK.”

Photo: Giles Watling (left) and Chris Heaton-Harris

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