Great Eastern Rail Campaign
East Anglia needs a high-quality, world-class rail service commuters and businesses in the region deserve – that is why New Anglia LEP launched the Great Eastern Rail Campaign.
The Campaign was launched in 2014. In autumn 2016, a new £1.4billion franchise was awarded to Abellio to run train services in our area.
The Department for Transport has awarded the company a nine-year contract to deliver transformational change for the region’s train users, including:
- More than 1,040 new state of the art carriages by 2020 and journey times cut by 10%.
- At least four 90-minute services between London and Norwich each weekday and two 60-minute services per day between London and Ipswich
- 32,000 more seats by 2021 and free Wi-Fi for all passengers
- £1 billion contract for UK train manufacturer Bombardier to supply new trains
Great Eastern Mainline Taskforce
The Taskforce meets every two months and is chaired by Priti Patel MP. Government and industry experts from the Department for Transport and Network Rail also support the Taskforce. You can read the Taskforce’s Terms of Reference here.
Read the Rail Prospectus for East Anglia which sets out the priorities for the region’s railway system.
East Anglia is one of the fastest growing regions in the country and our Great Eastern Rail Report published in 2014 outlined the strong economic and business case for investment in the Great Eastern Main Line (GEML).
Our campaign for improvements on the GEML had a strong backing of over 100 of the region’s most senior business and education leaders, representing more than 111,000 employees and students and more than 1,600 commuters and rail users.
It is through the success of this campaign that we’re now seeing £1.5 billion of investment by Greater Anglia which will transform our railways with new, spacious trains, free Wi-Fi, better timetables and more frequent services, as well as more peak seats into London. By the end of 2020, our train service will be completely transformed.
Rt. Hon Priti Patel MP Chair of the GEML Rail Taskforce, said: “The 1.5bn railway investment will dramatically improve the passenger experience, but there is still a long way to go before our railways are fit for our growing economy. The Great Eastern Main Line is no exception. We need the rail service to serve our ambitions, not stifle them.
“We are seeking support from business and education leaders to help build the investment case for GEML and deliver on our region’s growth ambitions.”
1st February conference papers
- Delivery against franchise commitments - Jamie Burles
- Improving performance: maintaining and renewing the railway 2019 - 2024 - Meliha Duymaz
- Network Rail GEML study and possible future enhancements - Richard Taylor
- Rail Network enhancements pipeline - Tony Potter
- Enhancement case study: Ely - Rizwaan Hanid