Norfolk council chief endorses East-West rail link proposal

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West Norfolk would benefit if plans for a new east to west rail link come to fruition, council officials have claimed.

A new report published by the East-West rail consortium has claimed there would be significant economic benefits if a new line was built between Cambridge and Oxford.

The group hopes to draw up detailed plans for such a route over the next two years in order to secure funding for the project between 2019 and 2024.

And Bev Spratt, chairman of the Norfolk County Council economic development sub-committee, believes the line would also have a big impact on this area.

He said: “Improving rail infrastructure is vital for the Norfolk economy, and new east-west rail connections to Oxford and beyond would complement the road improvements that we are pressing for on the A47.

“There’s no doubt that improving Norfolk’s strategic links to the rest of the country will strengthen the world-class industries we already have, and make the county even more attractive for further inward investment.”