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Importance of Norwich to London rail upgrade highlighted by Prime Minister

PUBLISHED: 13:17 02 April 2014 | UPDATED: 13:17 02 April 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron

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Prime minister David Cameron reiterated his support for a better rail link between Norwich and London after it was highlighted in parliament today.

Norwich MP Chloe Smith told a packed House of Commons in the weekly question session that it was as quick to go 225 miles to Brussels as to Norwich, and said the Norwich in Ninety Taskforce - set up last year - would bring faster and better rail infrastructure to the region.

A meeting of rail bosses, MPs, Whitehall officials and business leaders was held in Essex last week, with further meetings to be held in Suffolk and Norfolk in the coming months.

Mr Cameron said: “This is actually a very important project. I welcome the interest shown by business leaders, local authorities and enterprise partnerships.

“East Anglia is one of the fastest growing parts of our country, it has world class companies and universities. “Better transport will support and bolster growth and I look forward to the taskforce report, which I know she is working on, and I hope this will be used to shape the specification for the long rail franchise which will start in 2016.”

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