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Huppert joins region's MPs to launch rail prospectus

June 29, 2012 10:23 AM

MP Julian Huppert will join MPs from across East Anglia, on Monday 2 July to lead a cross party, multi-agency alliance from four counties as they launch the East Anglian Rail Prospectus.

The Prospectus presents the strategic and economic case for long-term investment to improve the region's rail network. It has been co-authored by a multi-agency group including regional MPs, Local Enterprise Partnerships, County Councils, Rail Passenger Groups and Train Operating Companies.

The MPs will be joined at the launch by the region's MPs, representatives from Local Enterprise Partnerships, and Greater Anglia, Train Operating Companies and local authorities.

The launch will mark the start of a concerted campaign to make the strongest possible case for improvements to be made to the region's rail network.

Julian said: "Our region is a critical driver of jobs, growth and high-tech innovation - but our rail system is outdated, unreliable and overcrowded. High-speed, efficient rail travel is working effectively across Europe; it is time we caught up. This prospectus gives us the opportunity to change rail travel in East Anglia, not only for the people who live and work here but for those looking to invest here.

"Reliable and efficient rail travel and rail freight expansion are critical if we are to unlock East Anglia's true potential. With a fast growing population, if we fail to invest in our railways we risk stifling our region's economy, jeopardising jobs and crippling businesses. It's not a risk we can afford to take."

The call for the improvements includes:

  • Improved infrastructure
  • Higher quality rolling stock
  • Increased reliability
  • Faster journey times

LEPs including New Anglia 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.