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December 9, 2014

Consultation begins on East Anglia network improvements in UK

The UK Government has launched a public consultation to seek passengers view on the future of rail services across the East Anglia region.

By Samseer M

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The UK Government has launched a public consultation to seek passengers view on the future of rail services across the East Anglia region.

Passengers, businesses and local councils are being invited by the UK Department for Transport to participate in the programme ahead of the announcement of new franchise on the route.

The government is currently planning to bring improvements on the line to reduce travel time between Norwich and London to 90min.

The East Anglia network is now provided under the Greater Anglia franchise, which is due to expire in October 2016.

"We are committed to putting passengers at the heart of the rail network."

UK Rail Minister Claire Perry said: "We are committed to putting passengers at the heart of the rail network. This consultation will help us prioritise the improvements that people want to see.

"We have issued a comprehensive consultation document that includes some challenging questions and the views of passengers are critical to improve services."

Suggestions and views can be provided on the future improvement plans, the need for improved rolling stock and additional seating and the improvement of existing services.

It also seeks views on the punctuality of existing services and suggestions for the enhancement of stations, security and customer information.

The present consultation is expected to help the next operator to shape its services.

Last week, the government supported the key recommendations of the Great Eastern Main Line Taskforce.


Image: The UK Government plans to bring improvements on East Anglia network to reduce travel time between Norwich and London to 90min. Photo: courtesy of UK Department for Transport.

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