Rail franchise announcement welcomed

Abellio has been named as the winning bidder of the new East Anglia Rail Franchise, which covers a number of rail routes in the LEP area. Neil Darwin, the Chief Executive of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP, comments:

“We look forward to working with Abellio to deliver the long-term investment plans to improve a number of rail services in our area. News that there will be new trains running to Stansted Airport from February 2019, a reduction in journey times from the airport to London, and a new hourly direct service from Norwich via Cambridge to Stansted Airport are all welcome developments.

“Businesses need good transport links, and rail is an important element of this. As a LEP, improving our rail links is a high priority for us. We have already invested in changes to King’s Dyke Level Crossing, a study into the Wisbech to Cambridge line, and are an active member of the West Anglia Taskforce, and are campaigning for vital improvements to Ely North junction.”

You can find out more about the announcement here.