Today MPs from across East Anglia, including Jim, are launching the East Anglian Rail Prospectus which sets out a vision for long-term investment to improve our regions rail network.
The MPs lead a cross party, multi-agency alliance from four counties including Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), Local Councils and Train Operating Companies who have co-authored the report.
The Prospectus presents the strategic and economic case for long-term investment to improve the region’s rail network and its launch marks the start of a concerted campaign to make the strongest possible case for improvements to be made to the region’s rail network.
The call for the improvements includes:
- Improved infrastructure
- Higher quality rolling stock
- Increased reliability
- Faster journey times
LEPs have commissioned detailed technical analysis of the region’s economy and rail infrastructure being for the East Anglian Rail Prospectus, which will now be put to Ministers at the Department for Transport.
The launch will be followed on Tuesday 3rd July by a Westminster Hall Debate on East Anglian rail led by Therese Coffey, MP for Suffolk Coastal, and culminates in a presentation of the Prospectus to the Secretary of State for Transport, Justine Greening on Wednesday 4th July.
Jim said, ‘I am excited to be part of such a big regional push to get much-needed improvements on the rail network throughout East Anglia. By working together with other MPs, local authorities and LEPs we are now able to present a united front to the Department for Transport and Network Rail about what improvements we want to see in the future – starting with the upgrade of the Ely North junction.’
You can download a copy of the prospectus here.