‘Transformation’ for rail services in East Anglia

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One of the region’s train operators has revealed its key upgrade priorities to be delivered over the next decade.

Greater Anglia is hoping to make improvements across East Anglia, including upgrades to level crossings, re-signalling and capacity increases.

Managing director Jamie Burles is writing to stakeholders across the area – including MPs, local authorities and local enterprise partnerships – to seek their support in making a case to government, ministers and other key decision makers.

It is hoped that investment will be made available to Network Rail to implement 10 key schemes within the next 10 years.

Mr Burles said: “We are looking forward to the transformation of train services in East Anglia when we bring in a complete new fleet of trains in the next few years, but to fully realise the benefits of the £1.4 billion investment, we need to see a parallel transformation in the region’s rail infrastructure.

“The collective effort of ourselves and stakeholders across the region helped secure a fantastic outcome to the franchise renewal process with the biggest investment ever agreed for trains in East Anglia.”

The new Greater Anglia franchise includes upgrades for train services in the region, with the entire existing rolling stock fleet replaced by brand new trains in 2019/2020.

This major investment also enables significant timetable and capacity enhancements.