Importance of Norwich to London rail upgrade highlighted by Prime Minister

Prime Minister David Cameron Prime Minister David Cameron

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
1:17 PM

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

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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.”

9 comments

  • And what speeds can it travel at in Europe?

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    No to tory boy

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Interesting comment from our Prime Minister regarding East Anglia is the fastest growing region. That could mean more trains stop at Diss, Ipswich, Colchester, Chelmsford, Stratford and perhaps other places as well. Norwich is the end of the line and to many people "out in the sticks". The service will continue to be delayed by a number of causes often nearer London such as people jumping in front of trains. Our Prime Minister may well be talking about Norwich, but he could also be thinking of other important Easst Anglian places such as Ipswich, Chelmsford or Colchester. One day London in 90 minutes may well be advertised, but how often will that be achieved.

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    Port Watcher

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Yet more weasel words from the P.M. There must be an election in the offing ?

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    "V"

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Expat has a weird logic: rather than improve a service, better to tell people not to use it. I assume he works for Network Rail.

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    a fine city

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Same old story that we've heard dozens of times pre-elections. Promises and more promises but nothing ever materialises. The only places that exist in GB are cities and towns - ignore everything else because it doesn't exist!

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    Sandy.L

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Expat, spot on, why is it so very important to get there 10 minutes faster? Move to a train station 10 minutes closer, or the new development at Thetford, why all the rush? Yes, upgrade the rolling stock, make it more comfortable for the journey, spend money on the system, all for it. But forget wasting money on saving 10 mins. As stated by others, the HS2 will be a total waste of money, benefit a few, and again, just to save a few minutes. If all those who want this super fast train to get them there faster did move closer then we may have more houses for locals to purchase. And if Chloe Smith wants to go to Brussels, then fine, not many people make that journey every day for work, just a select few. No comparison, try getting from Norwich to Aberdeen in a day if you want a challenge, that is where the East needs improvement, travel to other parts of the country, London doesn't feature in everyone's lives, what about the rest of us??

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    Mr T

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • Empty words from Camoron - he would rather squander billions on the HS2 white elephant rather than give travellers in East Anglia a fair deal to improve our transport infrastructure..

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    Tractorboy

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • how often does London to Brussels train stop?

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    No to tory boy

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • I know of a cheaper option (for the taxpayer) that would ensure people who work in London get there in less that 90 minutes and no train problems on the way.... How about they move to London and cycle to work?

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    expat

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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