Great Eastern Rail Campaign

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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 is led by a Taskforce, chaired by Giles Watling 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.

In May 2021, a new Case for Investment was published. The report outlines the rail line’s key role in levelling up our region, supporting sustainable economic regeneration and delivering long-term, clean growth.

It calls for a range of key rail improvements including:

  • Bow junction remodelling and infrastructure improvements
  • Improved signalling between Shenfield and Colchester
  • Line speed improvements to give hourly 90-minute services between London and Norwich and benefits along the line, such as faster journeys to Colchester/Ipswich

The improvements 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 while the improvements are made.

You can read the Case for Investment here.

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