East Anglia Railway Line

Department for Transport written question – answered on 20th June 2019.

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Photo of Lord Bradshaw Lord Bradshaw Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what account they took of contractual paths held by freight operators before announcing their support for the Great Eastern Main Line Taskforce's "Norwich in Ninety" recommendation; what plans they have to accommodate such contractual paths; and whether any infrastructure improvements were considered.

Photo of Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness Vere of Norbiton Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Greater Anglia have delivered the ‘Norwich in 90’ timetable improvements as set out in their Franchise Agreement. These improvements have been delivered without any significant impact on freight services. Delivery of further improvements to journey times will be subject to funding and rail industry planning and investment processes, which the freight operators will be party to. Network Rail is undertaking the Great Eastern Mainline Study which focuses on the long-term capacity need on this important route, with input from key stakeholders. This will be published in due course.

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