Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 2°C

Search

East Anglia: MPs take plea for rail investment to Chancellor

PUBLISHED: 19:06 30 October 2013 | UPDATED: 19:06 30 October 2013

Rail

Rail

Archant

MPs seeking major new investment on the region’s main line took their bid for extra money to Chancellor George Osborne yesterday.

And although they did not get any cast iron promises of new money, they did get an assurance that their bid would get serious consideration in the next round of government spending announcements.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer, Witham MP Priti Patel and Norwich MP Chloe Smith took the bid for major investment to allow more and faster trains on the line from Norwich and Ipswich to London.

Mr Gummer said: “These things take time. We did not get a firm offer of new money, but the Chancellor heard our case and has taken on board the need to improve investment in the line.

“I am cautiously optimistic about the future – but we need to keep up the pressure.”

He felt frustrated that there had not been a significant campaign to boost the line until the current government took power.

“We are fighting very hard now, and we have got a good dialogue with the current management at Network Rail, but we started campaigning behind some of the regions and we are still catching up.”

Ms Patel, who leads the Essex rail campaign, said: “The Chancellor was fully engaged. I think it is fair to say he has heard us.

“He understands the economics of the argument we are making and I sense he sees the return on investment for government, should the government choose to invest over the next 10 years in our rail line.”

She said that the region was growing and there were homes due to be built all along that line.

But said there were steps and processes that had to be followed including the control periods, which are the different spending periods planned by Network Rail and the technical case had to be mastered and put together.

A Suffolk man has plead guilty to causing injury by dangerous driving at Ipswich Magistrates court today after a woman was left with life threatening injuries following a car crash on the A1120.

Multi-million pound plans to transform a Suffolk RAF base into the first permanent international site for US fighter jets have been announced.

A Suffolk man accused of duping a disabled man into handing over tens of thousands of pounds has had his case sent up to crown court.

Suffolk police are warning drivers of delays across a number of the county’s roads after a series of collisions.

An inmate at Highpoint Prison in Suffolk has made a mockery of the justice system after posting a YouTube video from a mobile phone in his cell.

The Duke of Cambridge was left feeling “very sad and very down” after one particularly difficult mission while he was flying with the East Anglian Air Ambulance, he has revealed.

One of the buildings in Sudbury which has been left out of the Christmas street lighting for the past two years is all set to be lit up this year.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24