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19.12.12

GEML upgrade could generate £2.5bn benefits

Local authorities and business groups in East Anglia, supported by the main train operator in the region, Greater Anglia, have released a major study making the case for investment on the Great Eastern Main Line (GEML).

The study, carried out by Atkins and commissioned by Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex County Councils and supported by Greater Anglia and the New Anglia and South East Local Enterprise Partnerships, highlights the opportunities available for investment on the line.

These include remodelling Bow Junction near Stratford, provision of a new three tracked section at Boreham, raising the line speeds between London Liverpool Street and Norwich to a maximum of 125mph with associated infrastructure improvements and refurbishing or replacing intercity rolling stock and commuter rolling stock on Norwich – London services.

The group is asking Network Rail to review and validate the study, which suggests that a major upgrade of the line could generate £2.5bn of economic benefits.

Jonathan Denby, head of corporate affairs for Greater Anglia said: “We are committed to working with our partners in the region to secure significant upgrades for train services in East Anglia. We have already delivered a number of enhancements in the ten months since our franchise began, including some notable initiatives (such as better weekend services on the GEML) achieved through closer working from our alliance with Network Rail.

“It is clear that this collaborative approach, allied with a strong, evidence-based business case is the best way to try and ensure we gain the investment necessary to realise passengers and stakeholders' future aspirations.”

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